Homelessness Of New York City Essay

1176 Words May 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
If America is one of the richest countries in the world (Haroutunian), why are nine out of twenty-five of the top cities for homelessness located in the U.S. (Castillo)? As of April 27, 2016, there are 7.4 billion people in the world (Current). Currently, there are 100,000,000 people worldwide (Castillo), 500,000 in the United States (Johnson), and 60,000 in New York City alone that are suffering from homelessness (Castillo). Homelessness in New York City is higher than the time of the Great Depression (Basic). The number of New Yorkers sleeping in a shelter has increased 92 percent within the last ten years (Basic). Although homelessness in New York City is increasing, St. John’s Bread & Life has developed programs to help people who are struggling with hunger and poverty.
There are three main types of homelessness: situational, episodic, and chronic (Dionne). Each of these are problems in the society, but the primary type of homelessness in New York City is due to unaffordable housing which is an example of situational homelessness (Basic). An average two bedroom apartment in New York City costs approximately $3,000 per month (Wallace), making it the second most expensive place to rent in the United States (Glink). Therefore, many families are put on the streets due to circumstances that withhold sufficient income to pay rent. There are approximately 14,699 families without a home in New York City alone (Basic). The second type of homelessness is episodic. This type…

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