Newspaper article International New York Times

Fewer Homeless in New York City, Survey Finds

Newspaper article International New York Times

Fewer Homeless in New York City, Survey Finds

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Mayor Bill de Blasio attributed the decrease to progress in moving homeless people into shelters, but advocates have questioned the count's credibility.

Citing progress in moving homeless people off the street and into shelters, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that an annual survey found a 12 percent drop in the number of people living without shelter in New York City compared with 2015.

On Feb. 9, hundreds of volunteers and officials, including Mr. de Blasio and Julian Castro, secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, fanned out across the city to count the number of people living on the street, in encampments and in the subway as part of the survey, which is required by the federal government. The count estimated that 2,794 people were living without shelter, a significant drop from 2005, when the survey's estimate was 4,395, according to data the mayor's office released on Thursday. …

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