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Homelessness on the increase in New York


A one time popular Nigerian singer Majek Fashek, made the airwaves in the 80's about his sojourns in the New York and what life was like there. Though not a total condemnation, but the soaring numbers of people without roofs over their heads in the city is indeed a serious cause for concern, as indicated by some recent findings.

And so it goes that New York may be famous for its glitz, glamor and yes, Park Avenue billionaires, but the America's biggest city has certainly passed a grim milestone - the city has a record of some 60,000 homeless people including women and children.

As of November 2014, there about 60,352 homeless people in the city and that included some 25,000 children, an increase of nearly 10 percent in the January of the same year according to the website for charity Coalition for the Homeless.

Patrick Markee, deputy executive director for Advocacy Coalition for the Homeless, said the "historic homelessness crisis" in New York had worsened since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.Homeless in New York

He blamed the city's acute housing affordability crisis, policies of previous mayor Michael Bloomberg and failures in restoring permanent housing assistance for homeless families and children.

On Tuesday in his state of the city address, de Blasio made affordable housing a key promise of his administration in 2015.

"We commit to ending chronic veterans homelessness by the end of this year. Those who fight to protect our freedom abroad should never be left without a home," he said.

He also promised 10,000 affordable housing units for the elderly -- who "deserve to retire in dignity" and people on fixed incomes with little recourse when housing costs go up."

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