NYC and NJ See High Numbers
of People Seeking Shelter
A recent New York Times article reported on homelessness in Penn Station and other major New York City transportation centers “Among Travelers and Commuters, the Homeless Stop In and Stay.”
Perhaps what is most alarming is that the story reports on the lives of the chronically homelessness who have lived in Grand Central station and area airports for years.
“For us, the terminal is a default shelter,” said Phil Mellor, 55, who said he had largely relied on Grand Central for shelter since he lost his job as a security guard several years ago and his life began spiraling downward. Now, he said, he survives on “what the tourists throw out” and spends nights sleeping on the No. 6 train when the terminal is closed. The City estimates that about 3,000 people spend each night on its streets or in the subways.
In 2015, BloombergBusiness reported that New Jersey transit centers also saw high numbers of individuals experiencing homelessness.
This trend points to the need for additional supportive and affordable housing.