Explaining NYC's Record Homelessness In One Disastrous Chart

Tyler Durden's picture

By any measure, New York City’s homelessness crisis broke every record during the final year of the Bloomberg administration. The already record-high homeless shelter population soared even higher, to more than 50,000 people per night. There are, of course, numerous reasons for this disastrous situation but we suspect the following chart, from the coalition of the homeless, may just be enough to wake up the average American to the reality of this 'recovery'.

Over the past year, the average monthly number of homeless people sleeping each night in the New York City shelter system increased by 7 percent, from 50,135 people in January 2013 to 53,615 people in January 2014 – the highest level ever recorded.


The following are the tragic benchmarks of the past year in New York City:

  • The average number of homeless children living in municipal shelters increased by 8 percent over the prior year, reaching an all-time-high 22,712 children in January 2014.
  • The average number of homeless families in shelters increased by 6 percent over the past year, reaching a record-high 12,724 families in January 2014.
  • The average number of homeless single adults sleeping each night in the New York City shelter system rose five percent to 11,342 women and men in January 2014, a new record. 
  • Average shelter stays for homeless families with children rose by two months (60 days), or 16 percent, during the past year.  The average shelter stay for homeless families with kids reached a record-high 14.5 months (435 days) in January 2014.
  • The average shelter stay for homeless families without children rose to more than 17 months (518 days), the longest ever recorded.  Average shelter stays for childless families in emergency shelter rose by more than a month (34 days), or 7 percent, during the past year. 
  • The number of newly homeless families entering the shelter system, 13,465 families in FY 2013, was 12 percent higher than the previous City fiscal year.
  • More New Yorkers sought emergency shelter: A remarkable 111,210 different men, women and children slept in the shelter system during FY 2013, a five percent increase over the previous City fiscal year. 
  • More children slept in NYC’s municipal shelter system:  During FY 2013, City data show 40,189 different girls and boys lived in homeless shelters, a 7 percent increase from the previous City fiscal year. 

And this is among the most critical reason why...


Thank you Ben Bernanke... working for Main Street once again


Source: coalition for the homeless

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Iocosus's picture

There is an underground community with its own economy operating in abandoned subway stations. Dead serious.

Charles Wilson's picture

There have already been studies of the Art Work painted on walls that no one sees in the underground.

Skateboarder's picture

Something about winding up homeless on the streets that your forefathers conquered.

Next step: making homelessness a commodity, to be fetishized.

"I'm more homeless than you!"

"Naw dawg, I'm totally more homeless than you."

Iocosus's picture

In NYC, the homeless are essentially being squeezed out and De Comio is trying to put up more "affordable" housing in affluent areas which will result in a net decrease in real estate valuations, or, put another way, he is making affluent areas less affluent. Most of Brooklyn is being revitalized as Manhattan inventory is very tight and the yuppies/trust-fund hipsters want to be as close to Chelsea as possible. Personally, I have seen a decline of visible homeless in NYC.

disabledvet's picture

"Detroit" is no aberration.

We've got 6 of them where I live...and it is rather extraordinary that as New York City's population has stagnated for going on sixty years now the homeless rate is going through the roof.

Maybe they want their media someplace now?


I didn't think so.

SoberOne's picture

I'm here right now and I see gen x and millenials begging. And I'm the crazy one defending liberty and sound money... tick tock.

sun tzu's picture

Most millenials have been dumbed down beyond hope by public schools and mass media. They have no clue why they can't find a decent job and think it's the fault of Paris Hilton or some other wealthy person

NihilistZero's picture

Considering those wealthy fucks got that way on the back of dollar destruction and the .gov war on working people they're right.  Maybe not for the reasons they think, but they're still right.

The natural deflationary power of mass production in a true free markety system would prevent the consolidation of wealth that has destroyed opportunity for so many.

CelticCanuck's picture

Same here, just not seeing them like we used to. I guess there all inside the shelters but they're definately not in the streets

SF beatnik's picture

Must have been given one way bus tickets to San Francisco.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

You might pop over to the Derelicte outlet on 5th Avenue.  You really want to fit in when you take the subway.

BKbroiler's picture

Rents have gone nuts, thank god I bought a cheap place here before they did.  Williamsburg rents are up 60% from last year alone and the base tax rate here is 40% and that's before the other taxes.  Here's how far that goes:

One of my employees makes 40K a year and takes home 1600 per month.  He's struggling to find a room (not a private apartment, mind you) for under $800 less than an hour from the city, so that he only spends half of his take home pay in rent. The train here is $120 monthly, a cell phone plan at least $80, and groceries another $300, utilities about $100, which leaves $200 for everything else.  This is after 4 years of NYU which I'm sure cost well over $120K.

The youth is fucked.


Freddie's picture

No way this kid can work and live anywhere near NYC.  Time to move away.  Hope & Change and all that sh*t.

James_Cole's picture

One of my employees makes 40K a year and takes home 1600 per month.  

So, he has no deductions and pays ~ 52%? Forget looking for new digs, guy needs a new accountant. 

BKbroiler's picture

I couldn't believe it either because I used to take the same amount home when I was making 25K here out of college.  I think he is also matching the 401K so that must contribute as well.  And city taxes have gone nuts here as well in the last few years.

alexcojones's picture

BK Broiler +1

Suggest your employee become "Rolling Homeless": like I was for many years. Live in a small camper behind work. Get a gym membership and shower there, Save bucks and move away to the Wild West or someplace not called NYC.

Me -

Sailing Around North America #4--Tinkerbelle

Bodie Ghost Town |
SF beatnik's picture

San Francisco just passed a new law that forbids overnight camper parking on city streets.  I guess this is what comes to pass when people can't afford $1400 per month for tiny appartments while working as store clerks for $13 per hour.


S.F. is NYC of the 1970s  (i.e., fucked). Be warned.

max2205's picture

40k ?  Give the fucker a raise you cheap bastard....how much are you making billing him out at 120k per year. ..gezzzz

Haager's picture

Buy some house to rent 2 your employees, so you can pay him slightly more (showing some goodwill if he takes your offer...)  and get most of it back due to make him pay your rent. Worked great in the past for big companies...

NihilistZero's picture

That's it.  Let the man control your source of incom and your residence directly.  Might as well work for Foxconn...

CH1's picture

There is an underground community with its own economy operating in abandoned subway stations.


Introduce them to Bitcoin.

TheReplacement's picture

That would put them on the grid and then they would be much less underground.

tmosley's picture

Darkcoin, then.  Invisible transactions, bitchez.

Jumbotron's picture

"There is an underground community with its own economy operating in abandoned subway stations. Dead serious."

Kind of like in Batman where a whole section of Gotham was underground.

tempo's picture

Hide, ignor, deny all problems...just keep saying market hit ATH, increase EBT spending and everything is great.

q99x2's picture

Weaponize them and let them know who is responsible.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

How sweet would it be to witness a mass homeless bumrush to 200 West Street?

JLee2027's picture

They'll have to stop publishing this statistic. It's exposing the truth.

I am Jobe's picture

Amerikans Future is visible now. Dreams, ah the dreams



White Fucking Picket Fence






Bastard Kids

Cycle repeats

Welcome to Third World Bitchezz called Merika


Skateboarder's picture

Spot on, Jobe. I'm a day late, as yesterday was International Day of Slayer, but South of Heaven captures it all.

Slayer - South of Heaven

"Bastard sons begat your cunting daughters,
Promiscuous mothers with your incestuous fathers.
Engreat souls condemned for all eternity,
Sustained by immoral observance, a domineering deity."

Rubbish's picture

Wait, there are cougars out there that will suck my dick and pay me?

hangemhigh77's picture

Bernanke should be hanged for treason along with all the banksters and politicians.  They float around on their yachts while the rest of us are getting robbed and brutalized by cops.  The time is near for a revolution.  Stop feeding the beast, stop paying taxes.  Hang your local Town Mayor, Police Chief, Judge, DA, and Tax Collector.

holmes's picture

Just wondering. Do you sell rope for a living?

Skateboarder's picture

Hangemhigh Rope Comanpy is a great name.

NihilistZero's picture

Fuck the police comin' straight from an NYC slob.  Young American got it bad without a job.  Ain't got a trust fund so police think they have the authority to kill the majority.

N.W.A 2014 remix

We're all niggaz now...

Seasmoke's picture




This is what the taxes are being used for. I try and tell people. And they get pissed off at me !!!  I am almost at the point where I am going to start enjoying the pigs brutalizing the sheep. They deserve it , for being so weak ....

McMolotov's picture

Different Lodi, but the lyrics are appropriate:

"Ran out of time and money, looks like they took my friends. Oh, Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again."


motorollin's picture

Holy shit. I'm from the central valley, and I've always assumed CCR meant Lodi, NJ, because Lodi, CA is such a nothing, nobody town. Wow!

yellowsub's picture

Because no one cares until their town becomes a Detroit.  And by that time, it'll be too late to care.

Living in NJ, the public unions have the stranglehold on the taxpayers.  He is but one of many that has "abused" the vacation days.  It's for de-stressing from the job not for being a nest egg.  I know so many local cops that have 2nd jobs on their days off like landscaping and other things pulling in more than their police job.  Nothing against that but they need to make those vacations use them or lose them but no one is going to fight that.

Postal's picture

...wake up the average American...

You did not just say this. Do you seriously expect the sheeple to ever "wake up"? The same sheeple who have been sheared by Bernanke and Co are just going to complain about being cold--to the same people who stole their winter coat in the first place.

CH1's picture

Do you seriously expect the sheeple to ever "wake up"?

Sheeple wake up!

Problem is, they put it off until they're starving... literally starving. Then they wake up.

Skateboarder's picture

It's even sadder than that. They don't wake up at all; they just starve, cursing the gubbamin for not coming to their aid.

Awaiting help from the authorities: the eternal curse of man.

yellowsub's picture

Is it because of conditioning or many refuse to believe it is happening here?

Alternative's picture

Praise the Lord! Prey for the troops! USA! USA! USA!

Colonel Klink's picture

There has been no recovery, it's one big government scharade.  Made of false and manipulated government statistics along with a complicit media.

ncdirtdigger's picture

It's obvious that Bloomberg cared more than the previous guy. Duh!

bankonzhongguo's picture

At least Obama, the Democratic Party and all its fundraisers and supporters had nothing to do with this.

And neither did the impotent republican party.


Winston Churchill's picture


Global research is saying Turkey  has dammed the euphrates headwaters,  cutting water

off to both Syria, and Iraq.

If true, it looks like zato is about to get its war.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

What the NYers need to do to help the homeless is ban soft drinks over 12 ounces, outlaw salt shakers, and incarcerate people who feed the poor.  When they do these things, society improves greatly ... so the NY city govt tells us.