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The Business of Homelessness: Financial and Human Costs of the Shelter-Industrial Complex

by Picture the Homeless

May 12, 2018

This report is the product of a year-long investigation by Picture the Homeless's research committee into the fiscal policies and priorities that influence the lives of homeless New Yorkers. As the city's homeless shelter census has grown to a record high of over 60,000 people, the city has also seen its spending on shelter increase to an all-time high of over $1.8 billion, with an additional $650 million in capital funding allocated to upgrade and expand the shelter system in the next 10 years. By failing to create new units... the city is ensuring that shelter entry will continue at pace for the foreseeable future. 



The Business of Homelessness: Financial and Human Costs of the Shelter-Industrial Complex

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