From ReFocus.NYC

Better Options for Safe Solutions

Homeless and Mental Health issues affect us all in one way or another. Over 60,000 homeless people sleep in the New York City municipal shelter system. Our city also has 239,000 seriously mentally ill residents of which 40% are untreated. We need a holistic and empathetic approach to resolving these issues. It’s not enough to diagnose a person as severely mentally ill, we need to provide a solution for management of their illness. It is not enough to provide someone with a place to stay, we must address all of the side effects of homelessness and work to ensure that we create a city that provides the opportunity for everyone to have a decent place to live as a basic right.