The city is getting the homeless out of shelters and into long-term housing at far greater rates under Mayor de Blasio — but so many people are coming into the system that its numbers are still at record highs, according to a new report.
The good-news-bad-news report from the Coalition for the Homeless being released Thursday finds the primary factor driving up the crisis is a lack of affordable housing, as well as an increase in families fleeing domestic violence.
The report found the number of people living in shelters has climbed for over a decade, including a 14% hike since de Blasio took office in 2014.
It praises several efforts from his administration for stemming the tide, including increased funding for anti-eviction efforts and for launching programs to help people find stable housing, including the LINC, SEPS and CityFEPS subsidies.
Those programs decreased the number of families returning to shelters by 15% since 2013, the report found.
But 950 more families came into the system than moved out in 2016, which drives up the numbers to record highs.
The latest city stats show that 60,237 people — including over 23,000 children — stayed in a city shelter on Tuesday.
Jaclyn Rothenberg, a spokeswoman for de Blasio, said the report shows their policies are working, and they are continuing to make reforms to address the crisis.