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New York City has the largest homeless population of any other American city.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 30 percent of the country’s homeless with children live in New York City. In September of 2018, 63,025 homeless people, which included 15,421 families with 22,907 homeless children slept each night in the New York City Municipal Shelter System. During the 2017 fiscal year, 129,803 different individuals slept in the city’s shelter system.
An estimated additional 13,000 to 15,000 homeless individuals sleep on the streets or other public places.
Public housing is available through the New York City Housing Authority, but the odds of getting an apartment are not good. There is a waiting list of 260,000 families, and those with higher needs priorities are placed at the top of the list—victims of domestic assault for example.
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