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The Plight of the Homeless and Employed

New York Times
September 20, 2013

 Deirdre Cunningham, photo by Jabin Botsford/The New York Times
 Deirdre Cunningham, photo by Jabin Botsford/The New York Times


New York City’s homeless population has continued to rise to a staggering 50,000 people, including 21,600 children, who all call a shelter home. What’s even more troubling is that 28 percent of families and 16 percent of single adults, mainly female, who reside in the shelters, are actually working at one or more jobs. The lack of affordable housing has left the workers stuck living in shelters since they are not able to afford the rising costs of renting. A study by Vera Institute found that in New York City “79 percent of homeless heads of family had recent work histories and more than half had educational levels, up to college, that made them employable.“  More… 

 

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