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Report: City’s Homeless Problem Is Getting Worse

April 30, 2019 - 6:47 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An advocacy group on Tuesday gave Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo failing grades for their handling the city’s homeless problem.

CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reports that a study by the Coalition For The Homeless has found that homeless population in New York City is on the rise and it’s a problem often ignored by everyday locals.

“There’s a shanty town over there by the bank that I pass every morning that never existed before,” said one Manhattan resident.

Some even said that while there is a problem, it’s been worse in the past.

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“I am a native resident Manhattan so, I would say over time it certainly has been times where it was worse,” one woman said.

Though, the report claims that nearly 64,000 men, women and children spent time in city shelters in January, and the number is expected to rise by 5,000 people by 2022.

The Coalition For The Homeless released its “State of the Homeless” report saying that under the de Blasio administration, the number of people living in New York City shelters has reached record highs and noted that January’s number was an all-time high.