New York City's homeless problem has increased, especially among families, which I find most sad indeed.
The shelter population has reached record levels not seen since the Great Depression era. In January there were 64,060 people in homeless shelters and living on the street.
I remember a time when I myself was homeless after the Vietnam War, where I served in the Navy. I lived on the street for a time, but was saved by the kindness of a stranger who gave me shelter.
It's been forecast that this winter will be a cold and bitter one, and will be very hard for anyone living on the street. Now I know that too well, because I lived through a bitter winter long ago on the streets of Hempstead.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio must succeed where Mayor Bloomberg has failed.
I plead with de Blasio to do what he promised in his campaign. These men, women and children really need help.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village