- The number of families entering New York City’s Department of Homeless Services and seeking shelter for the first time jumped 254% in fiscal 2023 – from 5,167 to 13,131, according to a report by the city comptroller.
- The report also found the city’s homeless population increased by 73% this fiscal year, the report, which was released last month, the end of the fiscal year.
- Mayor Eric Adams attributed the increased numbers, at least in part, to the influx of asylum seekers, saying, “Since the large influx of asylum seekers to our city began last spring, we have warned New Yorkers that every city service could be impacted by this crisis if we did not get the support we needed. Coupling the costs of a national crisis that has fallen onto New York City with COVID funding that is running out and reduced revenue growth, our city’s financial future may be at risk if we do not act.”
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