How a Hotel Was Converted into Housing for Formerly Homeless People

During the height of the pandemic’s economic disruption, in late January 2021, at least 13,440 homeless single adults slept in hotel beds that were converted to temporary shelters, according to city data analyzed by the Coalition for the Homeless. Earlier this month,the number of hotel beds used fell to roughly 4,560, but homelessness citywide is at a record high, said Jacquelyn Simone, the group’s policy director.

“We’re at the highest number of homeless people in New York City since the dawn of modern homelessness in the late 1970s,” said Craig Hughes, a senior social worker at the Urban Justice Center,