"These days, workers for nonprofit groups help people move into apartments, keeping track as the number of the chronically homeless in Times Square goes down
According to their records, by 2005, there were only 55. Last summer, it was down to 7.
Now there is one." He goes by the name of Heavy but "declined to be interviewed" for the article.
However, success in Times Square must be tempered with escalating homelessness city-wide, as the city's annual January count showed an increase of "783 homeless people on the streets and in the subway system, for a total of 3,111, up from 2,328 last year. That is in addition to almost 38,000 people living in shelters, which is near the city's high."