This past summer the New York Post spent a lot of energy portraying the homeless as shiftless, subhuman affronts to capitalism. Yet according to city data compiled two years ago, roughly 30% of homeless families in New York are employed; some of the working homeless are employed by the City. Because this reality fits the narrative of a tabloid that literally hosts a "De Blasio Countdown Clock," the New York Post is now appalled that people can take home a municipal paycheck and still lack a place to live.

“I cry every night thinking this isn’t really happening, but it is,” Parks maintenance worker Angelo Torres told the Post. Torres' annual salary is a little over $33,000, $200,000 less than what you'd consider "middle class" in Manhattan. Torres says he's forced to live in his car.

Georgie Grier, a Sanitation Enforcement Agent, makes around the same amount. She lives in a City-run homeless shelter: “There’s a lot of addicts. It’s very scary, and I am losing a lot of weight."

The Post's report notes that around 300 people who work municipal jobs are homeless, but it's unclear where that number comes from.

A spokesperson for the Mayor's Office, Ishanee Parikh, says that there are 83 City employees who are registered in the shelter system.

“Economic realities including increasing rents and wages remaining flat affect people across the City, leading hardworking New Yorkers to end up in homeless shelters," Parikh said in a statement.

"When this administration came into office, all our City workforce contracts had expired, and we vigorously worked to bring 83 percent of our workers under fair contracts and provide fair wages, and we continue to bring workers into contract. We are aggressively helping all working people—including these City employees living in shelters—find a path to permanent housing.”

According to the IBO [PDF], 93% of the more than 300,000 city workers are unionized, something the Post usually hates too, except when Sokunbi Olufemi of Communications Workers of America Local 1182 writes the paper's copy for it: “Our mayor is traveling all over the world and most states in America talking about payment equality, but he hasn’t fixed the roof in his own house. His roof is leaking, and he refuses to fix it.”

To review: if you work for a fast food company and can't afford to put a roof over your head, you're part of a "charade."

If you work for the City when Mayor de Blasio is in office and find yourself homeless, you're the victim of a heartless tyrant.

Hopefully Mayor de Blasio will respond to the Post's criticism of underpaid municipal employees as quickly as he did to reports of the homeless terrorizing Tompkins Square Park.