The latest data from NYPD showed that compared to the previous year, more people have died this year in the subway most of whom are homeless.
In the first two months of 2022, it was learned that six x people without IDs have been found dead in the subway.
The NYPD said at least five other people who died in the subways this year — including one from an apparent drug overdose — were not believed to be homeless.
The most recent case was Saturday when a man in his 50s was found dead on an E train at World Trade Center, the final stop of a line that’s a popular sleeping spot for homeless people because it never goes above ground.
Jacquelyn Simon, policy director of the advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless said the increase in the death of homeless people in the subway this year is an indication of a larger crisis in the city.
“Every night someone’s on the streets they’re at risk,” Simon said.
“If we want to move people off the subways, we need to give them a better place to be,” Simon added.
MTA officials for their part called on New York City mayor Eric Adams to find a solution to the city’s homelessness crisis.
“These deaths are tragic and point to an urgent need for alternatives to sheltering in subways where there is no access to health care or treatment for mental illness,” said MTA spokesman Eugene Resnick.