City Expands Services as More Become Homeless, Even With a Job | NY Times

By NIKITA STEWART

Kyle Stefano, a program director for the Center for Urban Community Services, and Eric Wilson, a case manager, checking on homeless people this month under an overpass in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The center will lead a consortium to help reduce the number of people living on the streets. (Photo: Kevin Hagen | NY Times)

Kyle Stefano, a program director for the Center for Urban Community Services, and Eric Wilson, a case manager, checking on homeless people this month under an overpass in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The center will lead a consortium to help reduce the number of people living on the streets. (Photo: Kevin Hagen | NY Times)

Between intermittent drizzle and drenching downpours, social workers climbed an embankment just off what they called the “zigzag” — an entanglement of roads and exits from the Henry Hudson Parkway and Riverside Drive in northern Manhattan.

They were looking for a crudely built wooden loft bed wedged into concrete so that it was suspended above the ground and three feet or so beneath Riverside Drive.

Kyle Stefano, one of the workers, shined a flashlight and woke the man who had slept through the rumbling traffic above him. He said that his name was Javier and that he didn’t want help. “Wait, wait,” he shouted from the darkness on Friday morning. “What time is it? I have to go to work.”

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