Bronx residents take a chilly dip against homelessness

A group of Bronx residents plunged into cold water Saturday to raise awareness about homelessness in New York City.



The Polar Bear Club teamed up with Bronxworks, a human service organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the city, to host the event at Orchard Beach.



Organizers say jumping in the water in the middle of the winter is a good way to realize the struggles homeless people go through.



In December of 2016, there were more than 62,000 homeless people in the New York City shelter system, according to the Coalition for the Homeless.They also say that homelessness in the city has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression. 



News 12 is told the dip against homelessness raises money to combat the issue, and participants also collect clothes to donate to those in need.


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