The Rising Number Of Homeless In NYC Shelters

Photo credit: Amir Khan
Photo credit: Amir Khan

For their last project, journalism students must take JRN 490, the capstone course that integrates everything they have learned in their time at the School of Journalism.

Amir Khan examined the the growing number of homeless that reside in New York City shelters.

The increase coincides with the subprime mortgage crisis and the current recession in the last five years. Over that time span, the city has seen the largest increase in the number of homeless families with children that call shelters their home.

Now, a controversial budget cut may make things worse. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s most recent budget proposal included a cut to the city’s Advantage Program, a rent assistance program that helped the homeless leave shelters and maintain an apartment while they try to become self-sufficient.

See his project at:

http://nychomelessness.wordpress.com/

2 Comments on “The Rising Number Of Homeless In NYC Shelters”

  1. Many organizations created to help homeless, kids, teens, seniors etc seem to think they were created to create their jobs and paychecks and other activities. They spend money on arts programs trips and parties and useless endless meetings. So many help the homeless organizations get funding but people are in remain homeless. That money spent on trips, face painting carnivals, luncheons parties, performing art shows and all the other ridiculous activities could have paid rent for thousands of single adults and families or paid for tech skill job training or college degrees like all funding is suppose to be spent on. People remain in danger and many never qualify, never meet the wall of qualifications designed to forfeit funding just bounced around refferal after refferal using unfortunate people as an excuse to have a job and get funding for their own special interest activities and organizations keep getting funding for spending on everything but helping those they were created and funded to serve.

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