- An 18% rise in NYC's homeless numbers in just a year.
- Major efforts, including a $171 million funding, show limited success.
- Comptroller Brad Lander’s audit exposes systematic inefficiencies.
New York City has witnessed an unexpected 18% increase in its homeless population within a year, even with Mayor Adams diligently working to reduce the number of people on the streets. The latest Homeless Outreach Population Estimate survey observed 4,042 individuals without shelter, noticeably up from 3,439 the previous year.
Although the Adams administration made fervent strides to alleviate this social issue, the city's numbers are eerily reminiscent of the pre-pandemic era, under the tenure of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Social Services Commissioner Molly Wasow Park, at the helm of the Department of Homeless Services, commented on the strenuous efforts of the past year to grapple with the homelessness crisis. Surprisingly, the rise in street homelessness is attributed partly to a gentler winter season. This comes even as the city initiated thorough sweeps of homeless encampments and generously funded outreach with an impressive $171 million.
City Hall had grandly championed their increased funding to tackle homelessness in 2022. However, results have been underwhelming. Only a mere 5% of the 2,308 homeless individuals from the encampments transitioned into the shelter system. Comptroller Brad Lander's audit further highlighted the inefficiencies, revealing that the main objective of linking homeless individuals to services wasn’t achieved. In a backdrop of other pressing issues, these alarming statistics on homelessness were discreetly made public on a day filled with other significant budgetary and educational discussions.
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