Report puts LI among highest homeless populations in US

A new report shows the number of homeless people nationally fell for the seventh straight year, but shows Long Island has one of the highest homeless populations for regions of its type.



Greta Guarton, head of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, says there were 3,860 homeless people on the Island last year. This year there are 3,960, and more than half are children.



"The No. 1 reason, and in many cases the only reason, that those families are in shelters is because they lack the ability to afford housing in the area where they grew up," says Guarton.



The number of unsheltered homeless people rose nationally and here on Long Island. There were 64 counted here last year and almost double that number this year.


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."