Target: Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio
Goal: Provide further housing resources for the homeless and improve homeless policies
Due to New York City’s worsening housing affordability and increasing inequality gap, there are more people staying overnight in New York City’s homeless shelters. The number of people seeking shelter has risen 7% since last year; homeless shelters had an average of 50,000 people per night, surpassing the record-high population reported in 2013. The number of homeless children sleeping in these homeless shelters has dramatically risen 8% in the past year. New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, intends to solve this homelessness crisis.
To achieve a solution to this homeless shelter crisis, the people must be helped first. Newer homeless policies must be implemented to assist the families and individuals who are faced with homelessness. Mayor Bill de Blasio has already begun his plans to construct at least 200,000 units of affordable housing buildings for the homeless who have jobs. The number of people who have jobs, but no homes is staggering. One in every six homeless adults are employed. De Blasio’s administration offers new hope for this crisis. Instead of making the crisis worse, they promise to work toward a solution.
By building more permanent and affordable housing units and improving the overall conditions of the homeless shelters, Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting closer to a solution to the homelessness crisis. By improving the conditions of the shelters, homeless people have a better place to sleep when they do not have anywhere else to go. Sign this petition and applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio for his work in bettering the lives of the homeless and ensuring they have a safe shelter to go to.
Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio,
It has come to my attention that the homelessness crisis in New York City has gotten worse in the past year. However, your plans to implement comprehensive homeless policies and your plans to build more affordable housing units give me hope that the number of homeless people residing in the homeless shelters of New York City will soon decrease.
I understand that one in six homeless adults are employed. However, that means that five in every six homeless adults do not have jobs. While creating new housings units helps the employed homeless find a home, I appreciate that you have not forgotten that the unemployed homeless are still in need of your assistance. By improving the conditions of these homeless shelters you are providing a better, safer environment for the homeless to sleep in when they have nowhere else to go. I would like to thank you for all of your efforts in finding a solution to this crisis.
[Your Name Here]
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