Homelessness Spike in NYC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez discusses why there's been a spike in homelessness in New York.


Cindy Rodriguez

Comments [21]

Nikki from Bronx

It realy is a shame that the mayor has no heart when it comes to the homeless instead of him focusing onthe crisis he's ignoring it there should be something someone could do because he don't care I guess because he's rich and he wouldn't know the half being in a homeless person shoe but god don't like ugly and just because your doing a little bettet then someone never look down on them because you could have everything now but could fall flat tommorrow hopefuly this city will get someone who actualy cares about the less fortunet ones

Aug. 18 2012 10:44 AM
oscar from ny

@ eugena,
go to craigslist and write your situation same as below, post your pic and walllaaahhh youll see how many homes you can get, for little as 100$ a week or free..i mean you can stay at my house anytime you and you cat...

Aug. 15 2012 11:50 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Brian, Please do larger segments on the homelessness tragedy. Maybe a thirty minute segment. That way, it could start to improve. Thank you. Eugenia Renskoff

Aug. 15 2012 05:02 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn, NY

Brian, Homelessness is one of the most terrifying experiences a human being can go through. I am being evicted from the place I have been living in. The first court date is August 20th in Housing Court at 9:30A.M. I don’t want to be out on the street again. I lost my home in GA back in 2005 to mortgage fraud and foreclosure and it is happening again, this horrible feeling of not having a home, of being nowhere. It is my cat and myself. I am scared for both of us. There are a lot of people out there who need help and there is no way of getting it. I don’t know what else to say. This type of situation shows a person who her friends are or are not. Eugenia Renskoff

Aug. 15 2012 04:09 PM
oscar from ny

Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the son of man dosnt have a place to lay his head..

Aug. 15 2012 12:19 PM
Leo from Queens

ph : In response to your question as to why people don't move out of NYC - will you be providing these poor people with a car; gas money and the insurance needed? There are also fewer jobs upstate and NJ is just as expensive as NY unless you move to a ghetto in one of the inner cities in NJ which means they will be in the same boat.
Also, most people don't live in NYC because of the prestige. They are here because of family and because at the end of the day there is a bigger network of resources and more diversity in jobs that they can obtain -

Aug. 15 2012 11:31 AM
Stella from Lower Manhattan

I jog along the East River early every morning and see many people - young, middle-aged and elderly - camping out with their belongings. A young veteran with a bulging knapsack, a man in his 60s and a woman who may be older, surrounded by their possessions, a middle-aged woman who is always sewing. All of them trying to keep their dignity in the harsh early morning light. This Administration would rather spend millions of taxpayer's money on bicycle lanes and the Second Avenue subway than housing and social services. Profit not people is the name of the game. The current Administration's attitude towards the homeless is deplorable. But why worry about the homeless? They don't vote.

Aug. 15 2012 11:13 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Bloomberg has made it clear that he is only interested in subsidizing the uber rich - hence all of the subsidies that the luxury condos receive at the expense of those who actually need it. As disgusting as I find this, it is the result of people voting for Bloomberg (3 x) thinking that only Blacks and Latinos would be adversely affected. Now middle class white people are realizing that Bloomberg doesn't give a damn about them either. But it's a little late for that realization.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - MLK

Aug. 15 2012 11:12 AM
The Truth from Becky

@LINDSAY - really adult couple roommates - it's worse than I thought! People in the south (Atlanta, Florida), where you can have 3 bedroom apartment of your own for less than $1200 a month are laughing!

Aug. 15 2012 11:09 AM
pliny from soho

Three separate tenants in my high rent building
are leaving for cheaper space in the"outer boroughs"
they are not trying to displace the poor
but that must be what will happen.

Aug. 15 2012 11:02 AM

Bloomberg is the reason for the problem.

Issues of the lower classes fall on deaf ears with this administration.

Aug. 15 2012 11:01 AM

Why does anyone bother living in NYC any more besides for prestige? If you don't have a lot of money, move out to NJ or upstate NY. It's more beautiful there anyway.

Aug. 15 2012 11:00 AM
rj from pr hts

Sorry for the typos. Its the 'CITY' is spending the money. And they 'DIDNT' have a contract.

Aug. 15 2012 11:00 AM
Lindsay from Manhattan

It's obvious that rent in New York is out of control. But most people have roommates - you shouldn't be going out and spending $1200 for one person if you can't afford it. I know many young couples who live with roommates as well.

Aug. 15 2012 10:57 AM
Lindsay from Manhattan

It's obvious that rent in New York is out of control. But most people have roommates - you shouldn't be going out and spending $1200 for one person if you can't afford it. I know many young couples who live with roommates as well.

Aug. 15 2012 10:57 AM
The Truth from Becky

The middle class are barely making ends meet in NY, the upper level earners are moving to Brooklyn running the rents up...NY is a terrible.. probably one of the worst places in the Country next to California to live as a low income person and they have done away with the Section 8 program, I think I heard her say?? Best thing, go west people, Greyhound/Trailways and go West.

Aug. 15 2012 10:56 AM
RJ from prospect hts

1. thge cit is spending $3000 a month on shelters rather than continuing the ~$1,200/mth subsidy of th advantage program.
2. instead the city has set up offices at housing coutrt to help people apply for federal section 8 program which they cant apply for themselves. so the city is spending even more money on that.
3. the city wentto court to say they sisnt have a contract with landlords so that ended the advanrage program

Aug. 15 2012 10:56 AM

There has always been record high homelessness under the current administration... its just that the City tried to hide it. The homeless population went "up" because many homeless that weren't officially counted (those sleeping on the streets, subway stations, trains, etc) have been forced off the streets and into the shelter system.

Aug. 15 2012 10:56 AM
Hugh Sansom

There's an enormous problem when a _cheap_ rent is $1200 per month but many people are making just $10 per hour or less. At $10 per hour — before taxes — a person is working 3 weeks just to make rent.

This is fundamentally unsustainable. It _must_ ultimately have the effect of driving lower wage workers elsewhere.

Aug. 15 2012 10:55 AM

It's a beautiful Kountry®!!


Aug. 15 2012 10:55 AM
Hugh Sansom

This comes in the context of very high poverty in New York City. Something like 3 million people are on food stamps. Living costs in New York soar at pre-financial crisis rates, sustained by the obscene pay at the highest levels of the income ladder. Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg opposes raising the minimum wage or greater protections for workers (though he does support banning large soft drinks).

Aug. 15 2012 10:53 AM

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