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New York City is in the midst of a homelessness crisis unprecedented in any American city. In just a decade, the number of people living in the city’s homeless shelters has almost doubled. As of March 2015, nearly 60,000 people sleep in the shelters every night. Thousands more live doubled up in overcrowded apartments or on the streets. Seventy percent of the homeless are families with children.
The city’s Department of Homeless Services now spends nearly one billion dollars per year to operate homeless shelters, sometimes paying as much as $2,700 per month to shelter a family.
Fault Lines examines the politics of homelessness in New York City and asks whether the city’s housing policies have exacerbated the crisis—driving low-income families out of affordable housing and into the shelter system.
The city overpays for dilapidated, pest-infested housing for its down-on-their-luck residents
The de Blasio administration must deal with a shelter system that’s overflowing thanks to Bloomberg-era policies
‘Fault Lines’ speaks to families arriving at an intake center in the Bronx hoping to be placed in the city shelter
Al Jazeera America spent a night with some of New York’s homeless as they sought shelter from the cold
Nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013, according to new report
Advocacy group blames for-profit shelters, high rent and cuts in federal funding for city's growing homeless problem
Schools like the one attended by the 43 disappeared students are under fire from Mexican officials
Government lists at least 100 sites offshore where regulators approved the controversial exploration method
A woman who was tortured in her homeland tells of what drove her to seek asylum in South Korea
Fault Lines unravels years of impunity and thousands of missing people leading up to the disappearance of 43 students.
Fault Lines investigates the role of the fossil fuel industry in Louisiana’s disappearing coastline.
Fault Lines gains rare access into North Korea and examines the impact of U.S. policies on the secretive nation.
Fault Lines investigates why North Dakota has the highest worker fatality rate—and who should be held responsible.
We live in a world run through with Fault Lines. Al Jazeera's Fault Lines takes you beyond the headlines and holds the powerful to account, as we examine the US' role in the world.