New York City Has The Most Homeless Children Since The Great Depression

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

At a time when Wall Street is absolutely swimming in wealth, New York City is experiencing an epidemic of homelessness.  According to the New York Times, the last time there was this many homeless children in New York City was during the days of the Great Depression.  And the number of homeless children in the United States overall recently set a new all-time record

As I mentioned yesterday, there are now 1.2 million public school kids in America that are homeless, and that number has gone up by about 72 percent since the start of the last recession.  As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as "the wealthiest nation on the planet", and yet the number of young kids that don't even have a roof over their heads at night just keeps skyrocketing.  There truly are "two Americas" today, and unfortunately most Americans that live in "good America" don't seem to really care too much about the extreme suffering that is going on in "bad America".  In the end, what kind of price will we all pay for neglecting the most vulnerable members of our society?

If you live in "good America", I very much encourage you to read an excellent piece about homelessness in New York City that was just published in the New York Times.  What some young kids have to go through on a nightly basis should break all of our hearts...

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate.

Could you imagine having your own family live like that?  The name of the little girl in the story is Dasani, and every night her family sleeps in a city-run homeless shelter that sounds like it is straight out of a horror movie...

Her family lives in the Auburn Family Residence, a decrepit city-run shelter for the homeless. It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers.


It is no place for children. Yet Dasani is among 280 children at the shelter. Beyond its walls, she belongs to a vast and invisible tribe of more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression, in the most unequal metropolis in America.

You can read the rest of that excellent article right here.  Sadly, there are countless other children just like Dasani that live like this day after day, month after month, year after year.

Shouldn't we be able to do better than this as a society?  After all, the stock market has been hovering near record highs lately, and Wall Street is absolutely drenched with wealth for the moment.

With so much wealth floating around, why are New York City subways being "overrun with homeless" right now?

Something has gone horribly wrong.

I think that a recent editorial by David Simon, the creator of the Wire, summarized things pretty well.  We are not "one America" anymore, and most of the people that live in "good America" don't really care much about those living in "bad America"...

America is a country that is now utterly divided when it comes to its society, its economy, its politics. There are definitely two Americas. I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It's astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.


There's no barbed wire around West Baltimore or around East Baltimore, around Pimlico, the areas in my city that have been utterly divorced from the American experience that I know. But there might as well be.

Once upon a time, things were different in America.  Nobody resented businessmen for building strong businesses and making lots of money.  And successful businessmen such as Henry Ford hired large numbers of American workers and paid them very well.  He felt that his workers should make enough money to buy the cars that they were building.  In those days, businessmen were loyal to their workers and workers were loyal to those that employed them.

Unfortunately, those days are long gone.  Today, in business schools all over America students are taught that the sole purpose of a corporation is to make as much money as possible for the stockholders.  Not that there is anything wrong with making money.  But at this point we have elevated greed above all other economic goals.  Taking care of one another isn't even a consideration anymore.

In the old days, big businesses actually needed our labor.  But that is now no longer the case.  Today, corporations are shipping millions of our jobs overseas and they are replacing as many of us with technology as they possibly can.  The value of the labor of the working man is declining with each passing day.

As a result, the fortunes of big business and American workers are increasingly diverging.  For example, the disconnect between employment levels and stock prices has never been greater in this country.  If you doubt this, just check out this chart.

And instead of fixing things, Barack Obama is negotiating a secret treaty which will result in millions more American jobs being shipped overseas.  The following is a brief excerpt about this secret treaty from an Australian news source...

The government has refused the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed.


As the final round of ministerial talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership resumed on Sunday, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote to each of the 12 participating nations warning that the deal and the secrecy surrounding it presented ''grave risks''.

So why aren't we hearing much about this secret treaty from U.S. news sources?

If this is going to affect millions of American jobs, shouldn't the mainstream media be making a big deal out of this?

And even if we weren't losing millions of jobs to the other side of the planet, we would still be losing millions of jobs to advancements in technology.  In fact, a CNBC article that was posted earlier this week seems to look forward to the day when nobody will have to worry about the low pay that fast food workers get anymore because they will all be replaced by droids...

Maybe so, but as fast food workers protest low wages and the president of the United States equates hard work with the right to decent pay, the rise of technology once again proves to be no stunt, or laughing matter. McDonald's, where food production is already about as mechanized as food science allows, stopped updating the famous number "served" figure at its restaurants back in 1994—just short of 100 billion—but how long will it be before trillions are served their burgers and fries by a drone, after being cooked by a droid? Those machines work for cheap, and the best thing is, they have no concept of hard work, or dignity, or the foresight to consider whether or not the "cool" things they can do ultimately contribute, or detract, from a strong, consumer-dependent economy.

So what is the solution to all of this?

Where will the millions of desperately needed jobs for "bad America" come from?

Well, it appears that good ideas are in short supply these days.  In fact, some of the ideas being promoted by our "leaders" are absolutely insane.  For example, one prominent entrepreneur recently suggested that the solution to our employment crisis is for Congress to pass an immigration bill which would bring in 30 million more low-skilled workers over the next ten years...

Middle class Americans face a tough future because robots and machinery are eliminating their jobs, according to Steve Case, an entrepreneur who earned roughly $1 billion by creating the first successful internet firm, America Online.


But Congress could help the situation by passing an immigration bill that would import some foreign entrepreneurs and almost 30 million low-skilled workers over the next decade, Case told an audience of D.C. lobbyists and lawyers gathered on Tuesday by the business-backed Bipartisan Policy Center.

Exactly how would this improve the employment situation in this country?

I still cannot figure that one out.

But there are people out there that actually believe this stuff.

Meanwhile, many parts of Europe are suffering through similar things.

The unemployment rate in the eurozone recently hit a new all-time high, and the number of people living in poverty in Europe just continues to grow...

Over 124 million people in the European Union – or almost a quarter of its entire population - live under the threat of poverty or social exclusion, a report by EU’s statistical office has revealed.


Last year, 124.5 million people, or 24.8 percent of Europe’s population were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared to 24.3 percent in 2011 and 23.7 percent in 2008, the Eurostat said in a document published earlier in the week.

So what is going to fix this?

Where are the good jobs for workers in North America and Europe going to come from in the years ahead?

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
fonzannoon's picture

This is why Diblasio got elected. He is going to spread the wealth and then it will be all good. Detroit good.

Pooper Popper's picture

That many children suffering is really Fucked up.....


and the markets keep rising,fucking banksters!

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Where's that old piece of shit Warren Buffet? He's about to kick the can soon. Think of how many kids he could shelter. Instead he wants to dodge his taxes and foist higher taxes on the rest of us.

BKbroiler's picture

DiBlasio means well but he's dangerous.  Without the tax base (the employed) this city is f'd.  Bloomberg is no saint but he knows that much.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I just want to thank Senator Chuck "Get To Work, Mr. Chairman" Schumer (D-NY) & the Chairman himself, Ben Sikorsky Bernanke, for their fantastic public service that's now led to Obamavilles with a record number of homeless, hungry children, surpassing te Hoovervilles of the Great Depression.

Ask not what your country can do for "flyover states" USA, ask what the citizens of "flyover states" USA can do for banksters, Wall Street, K Street & the unionized government worker complex that now employs 23 million desk jockeys at the federal, state & local levels of government.

We certainly live in interesting times with very little Hope & even less spare Change.

fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

You would have thought a Republican had been elected since we are talking about homeless people. 

Lost My Shorts's picture

Maybe it's more complicated than you realize.

Relentless gentrification pushes the middle class to the slums and the slum dwellers to the streets.  Sure, you have more employed, but also more need.  The cost of housing ratchets up city worker wage demands which ratchets up taxes which increases dependence on the financial class to pay for the whole crazy system.  But maybe there is an alternative, to run the process in reverse and de-gentrify:  get rid of some of the financial class, along with the Chinese investors and real estate speculators; bring down the cost of housing; ease city employee wage demands; make it easier for the poor to take care of themselves so they get off the city's tab.  Of course the financial elites and Chinese noveau riche will bitch about that, and probably you too, but NYC is a democracy and it's not hard to imagine that a majority of residents want their city back.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

So we should keep paying criminals millions because they pay a tithe back to the city? How about we arrest the bankers and use the "invented" billions to feed and shelter the homeless children. Don't get it twisted .1%ers, all of your money has been invented by the FED. We would all be reading by candlelight if the economy were to realize its natural place without the fake trillions.

stacking12321's picture

broke homeless people popping out babies non stop that they can't take care of is what's really fucked up

BillyTheBlade's picture

The most homeless children in his back yard and Bloomberg was targeting soda sizes, styrofoam cups, and guns, to no doubt, "save the children"... priorities of the left.

Serenity Now's picture

Yep, that's how the Left rolls.  They TALK about doing good, but they don't actually DO good.

Bananamerican's picture

yea, bring back Bush, cuz, I cant quite recall how the "Right" rolls....

Serenity Now's picture

Don't you guys ever get embarrassed at this lame excuse?  Ever?  Do you have any shame at all at what the Left is doing to damage the country?  You should.

RSloane's picture

I read the NYT piece on Dasani, the little girl who was the subject of the article. Her father has been in and out of prision for selling and using drugs, and her mother has been in and out of rehab as a cocaine addict. They have eight children, the youngest is just a baby. Why eight children? How many social programs would it take to put this family back on their feet, and how long would they stay there? I feel so very sorry for those kids.

kaiserhoff's picture

Who would inflict New York City on a child?

IridiumRebel's picture

I moved for that specific reason. I didn't want my kid learning Spanish curse words and feeling bad for not being the first one in 5th grade to fuck. I loved NYC when I was single, but the cost and all thats entailed to live there is just too much. Prices doubled from 2006 to 2013 on much stuff. Metro was 1.50 when I got there and 2.75 when I left. Gas was 1.99 and then 4.25 and on and on. Homeless are all over there. Poverty is rampant yet glossed over as to not ruin the image. Those poor kids deserve better.

alien-IQ's picture

I think that's what Wall Street calls "winning".

Yenbot's picture

HRH Prince Charles has an answer for us. He's sponsoring tiny houses built from recycled American pallets. Now, if only it wasn't illegal to build them in most of the United States... Royalty Always Has An Answer.

RKDS's picture

Trickle down works, I tell you, we just need to give it another thirty years...

ShortTheUS's picture

deBlasio has already explicitly proposed tax hike and implicitly promised crime hike! But fear not, he will restore equality with his union- and public employee-friendly wage proposals and social programs to help the poor.

vmromk's picture

Death to the MOTHERFUCKING Federal Reserve.

kalum's picture

Hear ye. Hear ye. Bernanke. May he RIH

mess nonster's picture

Homelessness- what barbed-wire-inwards FEMA camps are for.

Colonel Klink's picture

Everyone feel free to thank a Central banker, hedge fund market makers, large TBTF banks, corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and fraud Street!

Charles Wilson's picture

"There truly are "two Americas" today..."

So said John Edwards and he was correct. There was the America he saw from the front porch of the mansion he had in the North and the America he saw from the front porch of the mansion he had in the South.

"What's the Problem?"

Colonel Klink's picture

Disingenuous people like John Edwards?

Anusocracy's picture

Voters who think they know what's best for everyone else.

nmewn's picture

(Drum roll please)

And the tax rate for the working denizens of NYC is?

Oh well, just hire some short, statist freak-of-nature to ban salt, sugar and fat from homeless shelter diets, that'll fix it fer sur.


Bloomberg Strikes Again: NYC Bans Food Donations To The Homeless

I'm not feelin compassion, no guilt...don't chose it.


Colonel Klink's picture

+666 Bloomberg is #winning!

NemoDeNovo's picture

For those that 'doubt' the Gulliotines are eventually going to come out, think again.  At this point there is NO pleasant solution to the world we live in.

Whether we like it or not Violence Solves Problems...and we live in a violent universe maybe its time we learn to harmonize with it??  Just my 2c 


~ De Opresso Liber 

Colonel Klink's picture

They say violence isn't a solution but it sure seems to be for the elite.  It also seems to be the only thing they understand and/or respond to in order to change.  Even if that means the ants erradicate the grasshoppers.

NemoDeNovo's picture

We have to learn the differece between Violence and Agression, that is where the 'rub' is in my opinion.  Cutting down a stalk of broccoli is a 'violent act' but not necc an act of agression.....

Colonel Klink's picture

So killing all the oppressors of society, is that violence or aggression?  I'm confused.

Anusocracy's picture


Government has been the aggressor for thousands of years and it can't change because it would cease to exist.

Freddie's picture

But Congress could help the situation by passing an immigration bill that would import some foreign entrepreneurs and almost 30 million low-skilled workers over the next decade, Case told an audience of D.C. lobbyists and lawyers gathered on Tuesday by the business-backed Bipartisan Policy Center.

This tells me there is no other means now.  They rig the one-party elections and they are not listening to us anymore.   This is pretty much the last straw.

nmewn's picture

The guy is a full blown eugenic-fascist-egomaniac and anyone with a functioning brain cell left could see it. I've had to harden my heart on everything relative to NYC.

Only NYC can fix it and it appears that the majority of the city are craven rats & the minority are hopeless victims of them.

Just callin it like I see it fonz.

fonzannoon's picture

I am no NYC defender. I avoid it like the plague. I was in there about a week ago. 1 out of every four people I passed just looked and acted like an alien. It was horrifyingly fascinating. They are not fixing anything. 

Thank god I am a half hour away and therefore completely immune to any reprecussions should things go to shit.

nmewn's picture

I know you don't defend it and extricated yourself from it.

But really the only way is to starve it, its "life blood" comes from the nation now. If it wasn't for Wall Street and fantasy taxation of nothing but debt issuance, it would be Detroit, just with taller decaying buildings when you think about it.

kito's picture

Haha fonz. Not sure if anyone got that last part. You know, long island being a safe haven :)

Clowns on Acid's picture

1 out of 4 probably are illegal aliens.... sounds about right. Every restaurant, even those with fancy sounding French names, have Mexican chefs (a few Equadorean), Mexican workers, dishwashers etc....

Without illegals, restaurants in NYC would have to raise their prices (or shrink their portions) by 30%. BUt then again, maybe some if the "homeless" would be able to get jobs.

quasimodo's picture

I posted something earlier that would make even the devil blush about Mikey. yes I deleted it, yes I still feel the same way about him but it serves no purpose to bash this pathetic excuse for a human being(if he has a heart at all) and I really do feel sorry for him on a certain level. Not gonna stoop to his level until some of us actually get the balls to call this midget out in public.

the0ther's picture

Must know how. Please repost!

Whoa Dammit's picture

If there is a hell, I hope Bloomberg  spends eternity sitting at at table, hungry, while endless plates of food are set in front of him, only to be snatched away before he takes a single bite, because its nutritional value cannot be properly assessed.

And if any NYC waiters have any balls, they will refuse to serve Bloomberg now at restaurants because his order may not have the proper level of fats, sugar or salt.