HOPE Count Highlights BronxWorks Success in Ending Homelessness

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The results of the 2011 Homeless Outreach Population Estimate Survey, commonly called the HOPE Count, are in.  Overall, the number of unsheltered homeless people in New York City has gone down and some of the largest reductions were in the Bronx.  Street homelessness in the borough went down 34% over the past year.  This continues the tremendous progress that BronxWorks and other providers have made in reducing street homelessness.  Since 2005, the number of street homeless persons in the Bronx has decreased by 80%, the greatest change of all the boroughs.

BronxWorks, which is contracted by the city to perform street homeless outreach in the Bronx, can take some credit for this success.  Our Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) made contact with street homeless individuals 10,294 times in 2010.  HOT, working with case managers at our Living Room homeless drop-in center and other partnering organizations, also placed 223 chronically street homeless persons into permanent housing or assisted living.

BronxWorks’ partners include the Project for Psychiatric Outreach of the Homeless (PPOH), Visiting Nurse Services, Part of the Solution (POTS), Care for the Homeless, and Montefiore Medical Center.  HOT staff also coordinate with many New York City agencies to provide frontline assistance to the homeless, such as the Department of Homeless Services, the Police Department, the Department of Transportation, the Parks Department, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The new numbers mean that in the Bronx (which is as large as some cities with a population of nearly 1.4 million), 1 in 12,150 people are unsheltered homeless.  In New York City as a whole, the ratio is 1 in 3,087.  Bronx numbers are a favorable contrast to the street homeless statistics in other major cities such as Boston (1 in 3,545), Chicago (1 in 3,225), Washington DC (1 in 1,875), Miami (1 in 889), Seattle (1 in 352), San Francisco (1 in 297), and Los Angeles (1 in 243).

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