Homeless Of New York City And Socio Economic Impact

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Perla Arrendell Critical Thinking 1198 16 December 2016 Homeless of New York City and the Socio-Economic Impact New York city’s population is 8.5 million, one in one hundred and forty-seven New Yorkers are currently homeless. it is estimated that 58,000 homeless men, women and children sleep in homeless shelters and at least 3,100 sleep in the streets during winter. (Bowery). By looking at the sociological impact of homelessness, I will argue that New York city’s greatest problem is homelessness. Two factors intensify poverty, which lead to homelessness: high unemployment rates and a decline in available public assistance, Individuals and families who live at or are below the poverty level must constantly grapple with critical life decisions because of barely being able to pay the bills per Kim. When people cannot steadily afford housing, food, childcare, medical care, and education, it is often housing that is sacrificed. According to Newman and Wyly, Rapid gentrification has put incredible burden on low-income residents. Tenants, advocates, and community leaders have stated that displacement put much strain for the low-income, working class, elderly and immigrant communities of New York city. Community leaders report that residents often double- or triple-up with family and friends, become homeless or move into the city shelter system, or move out of the city. A challenge that the homeless population face is legislation and local politics. New York City mayor DeBlasio

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