The number of homeless people living on the streets has fallen by 5% since last year, with sharp drops in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island, city officials said.
An annual count found 3,182 people living on streets, parks, and subways this January, down from 3,357 people the year before.
The results come as Mayor de Blasio plans to announce $7 million in his budget Thursday to combat street homelessness.
The number of homeless people found in Queens dropped to just 20, down from 253 last year. In the Bronx, it was 69, down from 193, and in Staten Island it was 46, down from 67, according to the count.
The trend in Brooklyn went in the opposite direction — the homeless population jumped to 249, up from 219 last January.
In Manhattan, the borough that consistently sees the worst street homelessness, there was little change. In 2015, there were 822 people living without shelter, compared to 817 in 2014.
Volunteers fan out each winter to survey the streets in the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate, or HOPE.
“While we still have a long road ahead, I am heartened to see an overall reduction in our unsheltered populations over the past year,” said Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor.
The reduction in street homelessness comes as the city continues to grapple with a crisis in overall homelessness, with about 56,000 people living in shelters in the most recent count. That’s an 8% jump from the average last January, when de Blasio took office, though the population has fallen from a record high of over 59,000 in December.
With the new cash being announced in Thursday’s executive budget, the city plans to increase the number of less restrictive shelter beds for chronically homeless people who are reluctant to go to traditional shelters.
The number of beds is set to jump from 800 to 1,400 by 2018, the mayor’s office said. The $7 million for next year’s budget will grow to $9 million the following year and $19 million in 2018.