As most of us know by now, homelessness in New York City is at near-record levels. Each night, more than 59,000 New Yorkers, including 24,000 children, bed down in homeless shelters. While most homeless families and some homeless individuals simply need an affordable place to call home, the most costly subset of homeless New Yorkers are people coping with mental illness, substance abuse and chronic illnesses that, left unaddressed, will keep them cycling in and out of shelters, hospital beds and institutions. As costly to taxpayers as these temporary quarters are, a large proportion of people in them quickly wind back up on the street, often without food, medicine or adequate clothing. We can no longer ignore the reality that our current system fosters a brutal cycle that is inhumane, ineffective and far too expensive for taxpayers. It’s important to understand how we reached this point. In the 1960s, a new generation of psychotropic medications gave many people with serious mental illness the ability to live safely within the community, rather than being confined to psychiatric hospitals. This helped spur the downsizing of large psychiatric centers that once housed over 93,000 New Yorkers. MAYOR DE BLASIO VOWS AGAIN TO END… Read full this story
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