Homelessness on The Rise in NYC

11.22.13 Andy Cush

This week’s stellar NYC jobs report comes with a sad counterpoint: despite positive developments on the national level, the city’s homeless population grew by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013, bringing homelessness in NYC to “levels not seen since the Depression era,” according to the New York Times

The numbers come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual survey of the nation’s homeless. Across the country, things are looking up: the nationwide homeless population dropped by four percent, from 633,782 to 610,042. New York’s increase was second only to Los Angeles, which saw a 27% growth in homelessness this year.

(Photo: Euran Slorach/Flickr)