Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio.
Fewer Homeless on City Streets
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
GIBBS: While there are clearly economic issues, it is more fundamentally about the underlying untreated mental illness and substance abuse that most often occurs.
The city says the drop is likely due to a program that moves people directly from the streets into private rooms which, unlike shelters, have few rules. But homeless advocates say there are too few of these rooms available to account for the reduction.
Patrick Marquee from Coalition from the Homeless, a regular critic of the city's homeless count, says volunteers continue to miss people who prefer to sleep in hidden places.