The Homeless: Below the Safety Net

Below the Safety Net

Every weekday nearly 25,000 hungry men and women walk into soup kitchens throughout New York City in search of a hot meal. Myths and stereotypes cling to the homeless, but few hard facts are known about who they are. This week a study by New York's Legal Action Center for the Homeless paints a more detailed picture of some 500 people who eat at soup kitchens.

Less than 10% are women. More than 80% are black or Hispanic. The majority cannot find a job or are too disabled to work. Nearly one-third sleep on the street. Some 40% average one meal...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!