'Winter is a brutal time for the homeless of America’s cities, who frequently take refuge from the cold in underground metro stations or overcrowded shelters; that is, if they’re allotted space. Experts agree that the best solution to the growing homeless crisis is to simply help the homeless find homes. Some states have already initiated programs to construct housing for homeless individuals. As Mother Jones reports, “in the past nine years, Utah has decreased the number of homeless by 72 percent—largely by finding and building apartments where they can live, permanently, with no strings attached.”
But where to build an entirely new residence for those without homes in a city like New York, where so much of the land has been privatized?
Homelessness has grown to a point of crisis in cities like Los Angeles (where the number rose 23% to 58,000 people in 2016) and New York City (which saw a 39 percent increase in homelessness over 2016), largely due to rising rent costs. It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere in New York without passing by a makeshift cardboard shelter or shopping cart piled high with rags. According to New York's Coalition for the Homeless, there were at least 62,000 homeless people sleeping in New York shelters each night in September 2017, plus many more on the streets. The shelters themselves are overcrowded and rife with danger, especially for women and trans people.'
Read more: Could This Be the Solution to Homelessness We So Desperately Need?
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