Robert’s not the only homeless man optimizing his life via Wi-Fi.
One night at the Brooklyn shelter, one of the men scans the sign-in sheet, phone in hand.
According to the Coalition for the Homeless, the problem is at its highest level now since the Great Depression: In April 2016 there were 60,060 homeless people sleeping in New York City shelters each night.
But some displaced New Yorkers are able to avoid the system thanks to cellphone savvy.
Apps like Tinder, Airbnb, Facebook and e Bay offer solutions for earning money, finding companionship and even a place to sleep for the night.