Sleeping on the street

in photography •  13 days ago 

Sleeping on the street

I normally prepare a few drafts on the weekend to have to post if I get busy during the week, plus with my fairly long commute to and fro NYC on the train it does give me a limited amount of time in the evenings to prepare posts, but with Steemit being down for a lot of the weekend I did not have prepare posts for this week

you may ask why have I started this post saying that?

Well its my excuse for this being a shorter post than normal for me with only two photos

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Chances are you have walked by or shared a train car with someone who is homeless, know someone personally who has been homeless, or even experienced homelessness yourself.

Every night in our city, nearly 4,000 people sleep on the street, in the subway system or in other public spaces. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The vast majority of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness – over 63,000 homeless men, women and children – spend the night instead within the city’s shelter system where they remain unseen.

In a city of 8.5 million people, nearly 1 in every 121 New Yorkers is currently homeless. But only 1 out of every 17 of these individuals is visible to the eye.

I came across this on a website source

And I have seen many homeless on the streets of NYC, but it was only as I was preparing this post I saw these statistics, and frankly, I am shocked and saddened ot read this

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Now I am dubious about some of the panhandlers you see asking for money on the streets on NYC, but when you see people sleeping on the sidewalk like the ones in these photos, you have to feel for them and wonder what circumstance they have endured to have to sleep on a hard sidewalk like this.

And that’s all folks

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Homeless people, each have different stories to share, our town fills up during the winter months when they come from inland to find warmer climate for a few months.

We befriended a guy one winter who lived in the bush near the beach, he said he preferred the company of the small buck in there to people, he was a highly educated person who just gave up one day.

For many it is not by choice, a harsh life that they just cannot get out of and the numbers keep growing.

It s so sad and for so many it is not a choice just circumstances which have forced them into that situation,I to became fiends with one who slept in the Subway Station near my House, I used to a couple of times a week go and grab some slices of Pizza and a drink for him, sometimes grabbing for myself and sitting and talking with him, Long story Short, The Owner of the Pizza place once asked me who I was buying Pizza for, and whenI explained and talked to him about the guy, he ended up offering the guy a Job, and the last timeI heard from he Guy about 2 years ago, he was a manager in a Piza Chain restaurant and doing well

This world... so many rich people drowning themselves in money instead of helping those in need! Every time I see a homeless person my heart breaks :(

I am the same whenI first came to NYC I was shocked and surprised to see so many homeless sleeping on the streets here

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4000 wow thats insane! That's a considerable workforce waiting to be tapped into, even if you can get 10% of them working again

Yeah those numbers really shocked me i must admit

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Wow, those are some pretty harsh statistics. At least that guy at the top has shoes!

The second guy is using his shoe as a pillow, very sad :(

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It was bad in the 70's when they closed all the mental hospitals... Bad leadership...Just look at California...

I do remember reading about that I think it’s still pretty bad these days

Yes! Lots of suffering in this world! People ought to be naturally generous and compassionate towards each other.

To Much suffering, I have bene fortunate travel a lot and see so much suffering , we for sure do need more compassion and generosity in the world

It is really pathetic matter but thanks for shot this type of photos.

Agreed it is so sad to see

I think that this is not the freedom they dreamed about. But some strollers make a conscious choice

Yes, it's very sad. Notice the guy on the ground in front of the bench... because the center armrest is there to make it hard to lie down on the bench.

I was shocked when I first came to work in NYC to see so many sleeping on the streets, and yes I remember reading thats why the put the center bit in, I wonder how many they could have helped with the money spent to add the extra bit on all the benches in the city

People here call those rails "bum-guards". It always struck me as needlessly cruel.

I to find them so cruel

Howdy JJ! those stats are truly disturbing, I suppose those numbers are rising every year? And no one knows how to slow the problem down do they?

Yes such shocking numbers and I am sure your right only getting worse each year, yet the city or business can spend ridiculous amounts on art and other projects around the city a pity a percentage of that can not be redirected to help the homeless

Are they everywhere like in some cities or you just see them occasionally?

not quite everywhere but they are all over the city sadly

I'm sure the problem has always been there but the numbers increasing is alarming!

I do believe you are right its a problem that has been around for such a long time, but its terrible to see it growing

I know lots of different cities have tried numerous programs and nothing seems to slow it down no matter how much money they spend on it. A large percentage don't want to go into housing which is supplied to them, I don't get that but then many are emotionally and mentally unstable.

Yes thats true here as well there are charity and city groups that try to help the homeless, there are many that do not want help for sure but many that also need it