Homelessness rises in NYC, defying nationwide trend

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: A homeless man walks down the street on June 20, 2011 in New York City. According to an annual report on the city's homeless population conducted by the Coalition for the Homeless, a record 113,553 people turned to shelters last year. This was an eight percent increase over the previous year and is a 37 percent increase since 2002. While the reasons for the increase are numerous, the economy and the unemployment rate played a significant part in the numbers.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Homelessness rose by 13 percent year-on-year in New York City. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Despite a nationwide decline, the number of homeless people in New York City has increased by 13 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

There were 7,388 more people experiencing homelessness in the city this January compared with January 2012, according to a single-night tally.

The tally includes counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations.

Nationally, a total of 610,042 people were homeless, down 6.1 percent since 2010.

Homelessness among veterans, individuals and families all declined on a national level.

But the story is different in New York City and other major cities.

Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s homeless were in Los Angeles or New York City. Los Angeles experienced the largest increase among major cities, a 27 percent jump from 2012 to 2013.

In New York, the city has seen record numbers at its shelters, including an increase in the number of children at the shelters.


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