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The Number of Homeless Children in NYC is at an All-Time High

The Number of Homeless Children in NYC is at an All-Time High

According to numbers from the Coalition for the Homeless, there are currently more than 23,000 homeless children living in New York City shelters—an all-time high. And, as this story from My Fox NY notes, because of rising rent prices, complicated employment situations and strict shelter rules that limit working hours and child care options, for parents, breaking out of the cycle of homelessness can be extremely difficult.

The local news outlet interviewed several children at one Brooklyn shelter to discuss the experience of homelessness. One said he hides the fact that he is homeless even from his classmates: “Because they’re going to try and make fun of me but in my heart I know I’m a good person and I don’t care if they make fun of me because I know I’m going to get out of the shelter.” If you are looking to help the homeless in the city, New York Magazine has put together this list of charities and organizations with services and programs to assist those living on the streets, attempting to get back on their feet …

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