Alan has 2 kids and a wife. He is currently homeless and in need of help. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about computers. Alan used to own a Computer Repair business, but unfortunately had to close it down. Alan knows a lot about computer repair, networking (routers, hubs, switches) and he can also develop websites and knows some coding work.
Dawn has a handful of skills that she would love to offer to the world. Dawn mentioned that she has plenty of work experience. She is very good with office work such as typing, copying and organizing. Dawn also has experienced working as a receptionist. Dawn mentioned that she is able help anyone to set up computers.
Meet Shane. Shane has been homeless just very recently. Shane has worked as a “jack of all trade.” Shane has previously painted a Motel and is very proud to tell you his story. Shane said that he is very skilled with both residential (houses) and commercial painting. Shane has also done plenty of landscaping job all across New York City in order to make some money.
Paris has been homeless just very recently. He was a worker in a factory before he was terminated from his job. He said that he cannot wait to get the opportunity to work again. He said he is you and healthy and is open and willing to do work that is available. I asked him if he has any other skills such as carpentry that can be useful, he mentioned that he is willing to do painting or landscaping jobs that others would like to offer to him. He said that he is always open for any ideas or suggestions.
Nikki went and graduated from a Cosmetology school. Nikki has plenty of experiences with hair & makeup and really enjoys doing it. Nikki has also previously worked a bartender. Nikki mentioned that she would not mind doing hair and makeup for someone if they are willing to give her a chance. You can usually find Nikki at Port Authority Bus Terminal (41st Street between 8th and 9th Ave.)
Alice has been homeless for about 3 yrs. now. She used to be married with 3 children but do very unfortunate circumstances she no longer has any custody of her children. She has plenty of experience in the Hospitality Industry and was a waitress and also a bartender before. Alice said that she is very open to any opportunities and has some skills in regards to hair and makeup that she would want to offer to the world.
Ray has been homeless and living in the streets of New York City on and off for about 3 yrs. now. He used to work in construction and lost his job due to some injury that he sustained at work. Ray is very skilled with carpentry work, mostly with cabinets, closets, doors and windows. Ray mentioned that he had a really bad experience with homeless shelters (all his stuff got stolen) therefore, he prefers to live by his own in the streets. You can find Ray usually in Midtown at around 43 rd and 8th Ave.
Matt has been recently homeless for just about a yr. now. He lost his fiancee and this put him in such a deep depression. He used to a professional electrician before he became homeless. Matt said that he can be of some help if you have any wiring or circuit issues in your house. Just like Ray, Matt also had a bad experienced with the Homeless Shelter and prefers to not be in one. Matt is trying his best to get his life back together and hopefully get a job in order to be able to sustain himself.
Bruce has been homeless not too long ago and has recently moved from Philadelphia to New York. Bruce also used to work in construction before he got laid off. He said it quite tough living in the streets especially in winter time here in the east coast. He is hoping to do some work in order to save some money so that he can hopefully go back to Philadelphia.
Rick has been homeless for a long time now. Rick said he is a veteran from the army and that he was proud to serve his country. Rick said he has not been in the work force for a long while. When asked about staying in the shelter, he mentioned that their are plenty of negative and bad influence in the shelter and that he would rather be out in the streets. Rick said that he has plenty of skills that includes labor work such as fixing and building things. Rick is very open to any suggestions or opportunities that people can give him.
New York City Homelessness:
The Basic Facts
In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
In September 2017, there were 62,351 homeless people, including 15,553 homeless families with 23,445 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families comprise just over three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.
Over the course of City fiscal year 2017, more than 129,803 different homeless men, women, and children slept in the New York City municipal shelter system. This includes over 45,000 different homeless New York City children.
In 2015, families entering shelter came from a few clustered zip codes in the poorest neighborhoods in New York City.
Research shows that the primary cause of homelessness, particularly among families, is lack of affordable housing. Surveys of homeless families have identified the following major immediate, triggering causes of homelessness: eviction; doubled-up or severely overcrowded housing; domestic violence; job loss; and hazardous housing conditions.
The lowest and the bottom of our society are the homeless population. There has been plenty of programs that help maintain the standards of the middle class and a welfare system that helps those that are impoverished. But the people with no voice, which are the homeless are left with nothing.
I think it is the responsibility of each of us to help and reach out to our fellow Americans. New York City which is home to the richest people in our society, also has the most homeless population out of any city in America today. New York city is pretty much the homeless capital of America. I believe that something has to be done and I chose to be proactive and hopefully spread the word about homelessness.