The Bronx has the highest rate of homeless families in the City (twice the citywide rate). According to Coalition for the Homeless, in New York City...
- Each night more than 55,000 people – including more than 21,000 children – experience homelessness.
- Currently 50,900 homeless men, women, and children bed down each night in the NYC municipal shelter system.
- Additionally, more than 5,000 homeless adults and children sleep each night in other public and private shelters, and thousands more sleep rough on the streets or in other public spaces.
- During the course of each year, more than 105,000 different homeless New Yorkers, including nearly 40,000 children, sleep at least one night in the municipal shelter system.
- The number of homeless New Yorkers in shelters has risen by more than 60 percent over the past decade.
Even though median rents are lowest in the Bronx, the borough also has the lowest median income. In the absence of government subsidies, 59 percent of the households in the Bronx would devote more than 30 percent of their incomes to rent (considered the threshold for affordability).