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Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

Homelessness and Housing – New York City

In New York, having a job, or 2, doesn’t mean having a home, By Mireya Navarro, September 17, 2013, New York Times: “On many days, Alpha Manzueta gets off from one job at 7 a.m., only to start her second at noon. In between she goes to a place she’s called home for the last three years — a homeless shelter. ‘I feel stuck,’ said Ms. Manzueta, 37, who has a 2 ½-year-old daughter and who, on a recent Wednesday, looked crisp in her security guard uniform, waving traffic away from the curb at Kennedy International Airport. ‘You try, you try and you try and you’re getting nowhere. I’m still in the shelter.’ With New York City’s homeless population in shelters at a record high of 50,000, a growing number of New Yorkers punch out of work and then sign in to a shelter, city officials and advocates for the homeless say…”