Chuck Lazenby has been working with the city’s homeless population for years. She believes things are getting worse.

“Visibility of poverty has certainly increased over the past two years. That is the significant change that we’ve seen on our streets,” said Lazenby, who is the executive director of Unity Project, a shelter in Old East Village.

Lazenby said there are many reasons things have gotten so bad, but at the core she blames lack of affordable housing.

“We haven’t had a significant push for affordable housing in our communities by prior governments. This isn’t something that was just born overnight. We haven’t set the stage to be able to get people into homes.”