Nobody is sleeping on the streets.
something New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg actually said.
Apparently the thousands of NYC children & adults who live on the streets every day don’t exist. I do outreach & advocacy for homeless youth in all five boroughs & obviously, this statement is 100 percent false, degrading, deceitful & shameful. I see young people trying to find shelter in train stations, alley ways, bus stops, parks & anywhere they can find refuge from the cold weather.
There are 22,000 homeless children in NYC alone, & more than 4,000 youth who sleep on the streets each night. NYC shelters provide only 250 beds. Not only do these shelters rarely have vacancy & are difficult to get into, especially for a young person, they are also dangerous & unsanitary.
Homelessness in New York City (& elsewhere) is a huge fucking problem. In mostly neighborhoods of color, the system de-funds their schools, pushes out their small businesses & affordable housing with skyrocketing rent to fulfill an agenda of gentrification & exploits low-wage workers, eventually forcing people into illegal economies, such as selling drugs & sex work, & eventually onto the streets.
Fuck you, $$$$$Michael Bloomberg$$$$$