Homelessness in New York

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New York City Department of Homeless Services intake center in the Bronx. New York City Department of Homeless Services intake center in the Bronx. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Mary Brosnahan, president of Coalition for the Homeless, discuss why New York has more homeless now than it had for decades, what life is like for many of the homeless families in the city, and what the new mayor should do to address the problem. Frazier’s article “Hidden City” appeared in the October 28 issue of The New Yorker.




Mary Brosnahan and Ian Frazier

Comments [12]

Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from BK

Good Show. How about some homeless people as guests?

Nov. 13 2013 05:26 PM
Ro from Soho

This is so timely! I was on the subway this AM around 6:15 & I got into a car in which there were no fewer than FOUR homeless gentlemen sleeping. I've lived in NYC for over 33 years and have never seen this before. I was saddened and shocked.

Nov. 13 2013 01:58 PM

Many families send their children to private schools and universities where they will live in dorms.

Why not provide low cost dorms for homeless families?

Why is a dorm considered safe and sensible for a student, but not for a family or low income single?

Nov. 13 2013 01:54 PM
paulb from Prospect Heights

Why is NYC required to deal with this on its own, as if it could be its own little local welfare state? This is wrong.

Nov. 13 2013 01:50 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

Anyone care to mention Andrew Cuomo's HELP program projects when his father was governor?

Nov. 13 2013 01:49 PM
A listener

Does low-income housing need to be high-rise projects?

On the west coast, there are low-rise green projects that are re-defining low-income housing.

Nov. 13 2013 01:49 PM
A listener

Dropping itno the conversation a bit late here.

How are the mentally ill homeless counted? They sometimes refuse offers of shelter and can present a danger to shelter workers and residents.

What is the path out of short term homelessness for those who are not mentally ill? Are there social workers, job readiness programs, and the like?

Nov. 13 2013 01:46 PM
Amy from Manhattan

To add to my earlier question, what about how people w/disabilities outside of shelters? What services are available to them, & how well do they work?

Nov. 13 2013 01:45 PM
Amy from Manhattan

We heard news recently about the city's losing a lawsuit over its failure to provide for people w/disabilities during & after Hurricane Irene, incl. inadequate provisions for them in emergency shelters. What's the situation like for those w/disabilities in homeless shelters when there isn't a natural disaster?

Nov. 13 2013 01:40 PM
Denise from Manhattan

Thanks for this Lenny! I read the article and was outraged and sadden by our city.

Nov. 13 2013 01:33 PM
antonio from baySide

How much would a tax increase on income tax on the super wealthy comparable to what they were in the late 70's help?

Isn't the homeless problem due to the elimination of resources to the foundations which provide services?

Was any research done in how much religious charities contribute to reducing the amount of homelessness? After all they're tax exempt....

Nov. 13 2013 12:16 PM
Florry from c/o 129 Fulton St

I’m a client of the Coalition for the Homeless. I’m glad to hear the President is appearing on my favorite radio show. One question that dates way back to 1993: I had a professor at NYU teaching Law in Metropolitan Studies. He represented the Coalition in the case of Panhandling in the city subways vs NYC. What is his name? Is it Robert Hayes or someone else?

Nov. 13 2013 12:08 PM

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