Should One Neighborhood Shelter all the Homeless?

New York City’s methods of siting homeless shelters are deeply flawed.  How else to explain that most homeless shelters are concentrated in:

  • Brownsville/East New York
  • South Bronx
  • Central Harlem
homeless shelter map
homeless shelter map

This process produces results that are unfair, and that site the shelters in low-income neighborhoods that, presumably, are less politically powerful than their wealthier neighborhoods.  There are no city-run homeless shelters on the Upper East Side, for example.

Read the full report on how NYC sites homeless shelters here:  https://comptroller.nyc.gov/wp-content/uploads/documents/20130509_NYC_ShelterSiteReport_v24_May.pdf