The city's homeless population climbed up to 67,810 in 2014, according to a new national homelessness survey.
The Times reported the 7 percent uptick today, drawing from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress [pdf]. In 2013, that same study reported a homeless population of 64,060, which marked a troubling 13 percent increase from 2012. Statewide, New York experienced the largest homeless population increase, followed by Massachusetts, and on a single night in January, one in five homeless people in the country could be found in either New York City or Los Angeles.
The report also found New York State experienced a 3.8 percent spike in homeless families last year, and 7.5 percent spike in chronically homeless individuals. The state did see a 45 percent drop in its number of homeless veterans, which was the largest decrease in that category nationwide—this may be a sign that increased efforts from the Obama administration (as well as state and local governments) is paying off.
The government's study was conducted in January, and does not primarily reflect homelessness numbers under the de Blasio administration. The mayor has attempted to reduce the city's homeless population during his first year in office, proposing measures that would decrease rents on units used by the homeless, among other rental-assistance programs.
According to the report, New York has seen a 29 percent spike in homelessness since 2007.