Out From the Shadows
The first day of spring in Manhattan, the cold, endless winter seems to have eased its grip on the city and spirits are lifted. The exciting prospect of another long hot summer ahead fills us all with the strength of seasonal change for the better. Once more the homeless are slowly leaving the cramped and miserable conditions of the NYC shelters and moving back onto the warmer, familiar sidewalks they call home. During 2013 over 111,000 (yes, that’s one hundred and eleven thousand!) individual people at some point sought sanctuary in the New York shelter system. 40,000 of them were children, stunning! In fact, 1 in 3 children in this City live below the poverty line? How is that possible.
Gradually, familiar faces re-appear on the streets, more and more every day. An army of cup shakers re-emerge into a New York spring dragging their belongings with them to take up their vantage points to watch the world pass by.
Statistics: Coalition for the Homeless