Why NYC Has Struggled with Homelessness for Decades

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A homeless person sleeps on a New York sidewalk, Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 2015. The overnight temperature was 17 degrees (- 8C).

New York City shelters more than 50,000 homeless people at an annual cost of more than $1 billion. Professor Thomas J. Main of Baruch College in his new book, Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to De Blasio, chronicles the history of NYC's homelessness policy, how the needs of society's most vulnerable conflict with entrenched interests, what ending homelessness really means, and how it might be achieved.