The Unheard Voices in The Big Apple

Here in New York City, there has a budding problem over the years and now it is now in the face of every New York civilian like it or not and that is the homeless. Over the years it seems like some people that walk through the streets could just avoid the occasionally homeless person, but now it is impossible and now it’s time for everyone to take full awareness of this problem.  To show that this is a real problem and only getting worse, after doing some research I found that In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930sAlso that the number of homelessness people living in shelters  is now 75 percent than it was 10 years ago which is really eye opening. 

Compared to other cities, New York has quite a margin over the next city which is Los Angeles. when you compared the two, New York has a 20 thousand lead over Los Angeles. What makes harder for these homeless people to get off these streets and back on their feet and on to try to live a normal life again is the difficulty of getting the help. In the video above, I spoke to two men who are homeless and they both emphasized how hard it is to get help. One of the men Jack described it as ” a million loops to jump through to get help”.

For myself, I feel that the problem lies with the people not doing anything to help out this problem and when they decide to I feel that it will be too late. Coalition for the Homeless does a great job mapping out the data of the homelessness people and providing data for everyone to understand that this problem is not just going to disappear, it will only get worse as time go on.This page provides up-to-date statistics and charts about homelessness in New York City.This page provides up-to-date statistics and charts about homelessness in New York City. Here you can find up-to-date data about New York City’s homeless shelter population, download charts and historical statistics about homelessness in New York City, and find an explanation of data sources.

As I mentioned in the video, I often avoid and ignore the homeless when I go out and I can’t say I will commit to helping them or the situation, but I’m a lot more aware of the problem than I was before I did the research and when I can, I will try to help and pass on the information that I learned to others and maybe they’ll have the same change of opinion as I do now.Personally I feel that too many people do not care enough to make changes because they do not know anyone personally in that position or just not willing to invest time into it. But just like everything else, people will only begin to understand the problem when it begins to effect their lives but by that time it’ll be too late and who knows how bad it’ll be bad by then.


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