Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
New York, NY –
The Mayor's Management Report shows evidence of the down economy. More people are homeless, on welfare and getting food stamps. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more:
REPORTER: The report provides a snapshot of city services between July and October of 2009. It shows a 25 percent increase in family homelessness and a 7 percent increase in the number of homeless single adults compared to the same period in the prior year. At the same time the number of households on cash assistance increased 5 percent to about 355,000. The city blames this on the struggling economy, fewer entry level jobs, and increased requests for one time assistance. Food stamp usage went up about 22 percent. Among people not receiving welfare, the number of people on food stamps went up 38 percent -- a record high. The city says that's likely because of a push to make food stamps more accessible.
For WNYC, I'm Cindy Rodriguez