To The Editor:
As reported, there are 10,513 shelters for the homeless in Queens alone.
Homelessness is a result of the great recession of 2008. Also, homelessness has risen across the city by 38 percent. In addition, rents went up by 18.4 percent, but wages only increased by 4.8 percent.
And what is most troubling is that there are more than 60,000 people in the homeless shelters, not to mention those living on the streets and subways.
And even more troubling is that many of the children in these shelters are not attending school on a regular basis. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council need to find ways to do better to help the homeless.
I dream of the day when there are no more homeless in this great city of ours as a result of the compassion of our city leaders.
I was homeless in the 1970s after leaving the U.S. Navy, so I can truly feel the pain and suffering of the homeless. So, I ask the mayor and City Council to hear the cries of those in desperation and only wanting a place to call “home sweet home.”
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,
Glen Oaks Village