December 20, 2012
Homeless for the Holidays
CCC’s latest infographic, NYC Children: Homeless for the Holidays, illustrates the record number of children in New York City who will spend the holiday season living in homeless shelters. The infographic explains the negative impact that living in homeless shelters for long lengths of stay can have on both the well-being of New York City’s children and New York City taxpayers.
While shelters are critical for providing emergency housing to homeless individuals and families, Homeless for the Holidays argues that alternatives like rent subsidies can provide a more cost-effective, long-term solution to family homelessness in New York City. CCC has long supported preventive solutions that keep children from entering the shelter system, and these programs are more important than ever.
Family homelessness has reached crisis levels in New York City, with record numbers of families with children living in shelters for increasingly longer periods of time:
The increase in the number of homeless families can be attributed to multiple factors, including the economic downturn, the shortage of affordable housing in New York City, and the lack of programs to assist homeless families in their transition from shelter to permanent housing.
Family homelessness is traumatic for children, causing disruptions to their lives and separating them from their homes, friends, schools, and broader communities.
The infographic shows how, compared to other children, homeless children are:
Additional data on the well-being of New York City’s children will be available in CCC’s upcoming edition of Keeping Track of New York City’s Children, to be released in February 2013.