100,000 New Yorkers experience homelessness.
Each night, over 38,000 homeless individuals sleep in the
New York City shelter system. This includes more than
16,000 children and 8,000 single adults.
Thousands more sleep on city streets and in other public
1-in-20 New York City residents have experienced
over 1,000 soup kitchens & food pantries in NYC and
2,700 in NY State serving 2 million New Yorkers
annually. They will
serve 60 million meals this year to hungry men, women
& children. Everyday
they turn away over 2,500 people.
first six months of 2001, requests for help in soup kitchens
and food pantries citywide rose by 71%.
After September 11th, there was another 71% increase.
make up 78% of New York City's homeless shelter
one-in-four children in NYC live in poverty. A typical
homeless child is under 5 years old.
half of homeless mothers in New York City have a history
of domestic violence.
one-in-five homeless parents were in foster care as a
estimated that between 40% and 50% of homeless single
residing in the municipal shelter system have a chronic
Approximately 90% of homeless New Yorkers are black or
Latino, although only 53% percent of New York City's total
population is black or Latino.
17% of residents of the single adult shelter system are
the Homeless, Updated May 2003
New York Times, 2002
Hunger Action Network of NYS,
NY Coalition Against Hunger, 1998