More working families turn to homeless shelters in NYC - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

More working families turn to homeless shelters in NYC

Posted: Updated:

The biggest growth in the number of homeless New Yorkers in the shelter system is from working parents who just can't afford skyrocketing rents. They have few, if any, alternatives.

Peggy Jenkins and her daughter, Shakeima, 16, have been living in a shelter in the East New York section of Brooklyn for nearly four years. Jenkins worked as a critical care home attendant and had an apartment in public housing. She felt she had no choice but to leave everything behind after deadly gun violence came too close to home; her son's best friend was shot.

Shakeima is a high school sophomore who hopes to go to college and work in a high-tech field. She gets depressed sometimes because shelter rules forbid her from going on sleepovers at friends' homes or having friends visit. But she keeps her head up.

Jenkins told me she has submitted 22 applications for housing, and can't work because of a shelter curfew, and rules that require her to be with Shakeima at all times. Not having her independence is taking a toll, but she's not giving up. She said she tells Shakeima that things will be better one day.

A representative for the city's Department of Homeless Services told me there is a pass system for shelter residents who work so that they can be excused from curfew.

But a spokesperson from the Coalition for the Homeless said the system is not as easy as it sounds.

DHS is in the process of reviewing its policies under the new administration.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
  • NYC stores with no signs feed curiosity

    NYC stores with no signs feed curiosity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:40:09 GMT
    From coffee shops in Brooklyn to restaurants in Manhattan, we find speakeasies standing out by blending in. When people in Bushwick want a green machine juice blend they visit Leticia Castillo's Owl Juice Pub. But first they must find the owl. "We been doing fine without a sign," Castillo says.
    From coffee shops in Brooklyn to restaurants in Manhattan, we find speakeasies standing out by blending in. When people in Bushwick want a green machine juice blend they visit Leticia Castillo's Owl Juice Pub. But first they must find the owl. "We been doing fine without a sign," Castillo says.
  • NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    NY brothers invent machine that makes CPR easier

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:40:57 GMT
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
    Only 10 percent of people who get CPR from a bystander actually survive. But two young men in Westchester County have now patented a device that could dramatically increase those odds and save lives. John and Chris DiCapua's sitting room in their parents' Westchester County home has had a unique guest lying around for quite a while now: a CPR dummy. What began as an idea from their time as Boy Scouts is now a device that could potentially save lives.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices