NYC residents have a legally established "right to shelter". As housing for the poorest disappears, the costs of shelter soar. NYC is doing what it can to reduce shelter costs by creating rental assistance programs, but the costs continue to grow.
NYC is not making much progress. Does this play out with shelters becoming something like the permanent Almhouses of old? http://www.ibo.nyc.ny.us/iboreports/further-increases-homeless-rental-assistance-additional-funds-for-shelter-still-necessary-may-2015.pdfhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almshouse