New York Homeless is Rising

New York Homeless is Rising

When New York state lawmakers passed an emergency bill this week to ban evictions for at least two months, they wanted to prevent hundreds of thousands of people from being evicted from their homes in the winter while the pandemic is still raging. But they also feared something more dangerous: a widespread rupture of the social fabric.

Families become homeless over 2,000 after their displacement, overwhelming shelters. Children randomly switch schools and fall far behind. Lines in food pantries are growing. People end up in overcrowded apartments, which increases their chances. becoming chronic During the outbreak, evictions have been linked to the spread of Covid-19.

As a result, there is a risk of evacuation and subsequent difficulties across the region. A Brooklyn school assistant who has spent months in a homeless shelter fears she will lose her apartment and have to go to a shelter far from the doctors treating her son's heart disease.

A 65-year-old-o The immigrant in East Harlem lost his wife in April and is evicted after he used his rental money to send her body back to Senegal. Since he lost his job as a grocer, he has been buying groceries with his unemployment benefit 

There were about 100 beds available for women and children at Wheeler Mission Women's and Children's Center, with another 50 places reserved at a local church for overflow.

 This winter, to allow for social distance, only There are 250 beds available in the men's shelter, and the residential center cap is 60.Also 100 rooms are available at the American Extended Stay near the airport, and the total number of beds available available to men this year about 150 less than in 2019.

The availability of single women and families is actually higher. year.About 100 beds still available at the Women and Children's Center, and 175 overflow rooms have been reserved at Indianapolis' Hampton Inn Downtown Circle Center.

 But beds are already filling up fast, still even before the coldest of the winter months.

Giffin told IBJ almost all Hampton Inn rooms for women and children are already in use. Rooms are still available at the Extended Stay America hotel reserved for men. 

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