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Make a diff erence this holiday season
It is the season for giving and this year it seems as if
it has become more important to give back in recent
years as homelessness in New York City has reached
the highest levels since the Great Depression of the
In September for instance, there were 62,391 homeless
With homelessness in the city at a level not reached since the Great Depression of the 1930s, remember that you can make a diff erence
this holiday season.
and see what kind of food or clothing drive they might
be organizing during the holiday season.
You can even make an impact by visiting new car
dealers such as Koeppel Mazda and Helms Bros.
Mercedes Benz and donate winter coats for those
in need. With their highly visible retail locations
and deep ties to their communities, franchise new
car dealers who make up the Greater New York
Automobile Dealers Association serve as the largest
collection sites for the 31st annual NY Cares Winter
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REACH: 4,003 people reached (as of 12/20/19)
people, including 14,962 homeless families with
22,083 homeless children sleeping each night in the
city’s municipal shelter system.
Th e number of homeless New Yorkers sleeping each
night in municipal shelters is now 59 percent higher
than it was 10 years ago and the number of homeless
single adults is 142 percent higher than it was 10
Research shows that the primary cause of homelessness,
particularly among families is lack of aff ordable
housing while other triggering causes include eviction,
domestic violence, job loss and hazardous living conditions.
Th e de Blasio administration recently announced
new measures including 1,000 “safe haven” beds and an
equal number of new low-barrier housing for the estimated
3,600 people living on the streets and subways
and days later the City Council passed legislation that
will require housing developers receiving city funds to
reserve 15 percent of units for homeless New Yorkers
by a vote of 38-3.
Th is will result in permanent housing for thousands
of people in our city that are currently living in shelters.
But it will take time.
Th at is why giving is so important be it through faithbased
organizations or community-based groups.
Check with the district offi ces of your elected offi cials
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acts of kindness to the community in all of our
We believe in publicizing these acts to show that if
we all can pitch in and help others, we can truly make
a diff erence.
So, let’s band together and help as much as we can in
the spirit of this holiday season and beyond.