It so happens the positions of 'advocates' were for a system that not only preserved the status quo but was self serving - funding the organizations that benefited from homelessness (NYPost via Instapundit):
Then, precisely as we predicted, the number of people in homeless shelters started to rise sharply, going from 38,800 in May 2011 to more than 60,000 at the peak earlier this year.
During the 2011 budget debate, the Coalition for the Homeless dismissed the Bloomberg administration’s predictions about what would happen if the Advantage program was cut by the state. They claimed our dire warnings constituted nothing more than “scare tactics.”
The results speak for themselves.