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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New York - New York!

Photo - Some homeless live obscurely in water drenched tunnels underneath New York City.
Nearing the Los Angeles Region in Number of Homeless

AFP reports today that New York may be famous abroad for glitz, glamor and Park Avenue billionaires but America's biggest city has passed a grim milestone -- a record 60,000 people are homeless.

In November, there were 60,352 homeless people in the city, including 25,000 children, up more than 10 percent from the 53,615 who were homeless in January 2014, according to the website "Charity Coalition for the Homeless".

Patrick Markee, deputy executive director for Advocacy Coalition for the Homeless blames it on the city's housing affordability crisis, policies of previous mayor Michael Bloomberg and failures in restoring permanent housing assistance for homeless families and children.

On Tuesday, Mayor 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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