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Bill’s big bummer: He promised to turn the tide on homelessness; everything is going in the wrong direction


This is your regular reminder that Mayor de Blasio — who six years ago said “An ever-growing homeless population is unacceptable to the future of New York City” and “will not happen under our watch,” who two-and-a-half years ago unveiled a 114-page plan to turn the tide on homelessness — is failing at that job.

The case is made not through heated rhetoric but through numbers in Hizzoner’s just-released 2019 Mayor’s Management Report.

In the 2015 fiscal year, there were 11,819 families with children in shelters per day. In FY 2019, there were 12,415, a 5% increase.

Then, there were 11,330 single adults in shelters per day. Now, there are 16,094, a 42% increase.

The first MMR chart on the subject shows six “critical indicators” with a “desired direction” “down.” The actual five-year trends for all six are “up” or “neutral.”

In 2015, it cost an average of $78.80 per day to shelter single adults. By 2019, that had ballooned to $124.38, a 58% increase, likely because of over-reliance on hotel rooms.

In 2015, it cost an average $105.37 per day to shelter families. By 2019, that had risen to $196.23, an 86% jump.

Meantime, the average length of stay in shelter for families, which should be going down, has increased from 430 days to 446 days. For single adults, it’s risen from 329 days to 414 days.

And the number of “unsheltered individuals who are estimated to be living on the streets, in parks, under highways, on subways and in the public transportation stations in New York City” has gone from 3,182 in 2015 to 3,588 during 2019.

Multiply all that and add it up. The city spent $1.17 billion on homeless services then. In the just-passed fiscal year, $2.14 billion.

How’s that presidential campaign going, mayor?