Homelessness is a problem all over the world; no matter how wealthy the country is, there are still people who live every day without their basic needs being met. While people can be kind, like this man giving the shirt off his back or this guy finding a homeless man a home, homelessness still persists.
In New York City, sleeping rough is incredibly rough. Research shows that lack of affordable housing is the primary cause of homelessness in the city; that means that many homeless people, including families, are working, yet still unable to afford accommodations.
Each year, over 100,000 different people sleep in NYC municipal shelters alone; that figure doesn't include the thousands of people who aren't able to find space in those shelters each night.