Department of Homeless Services

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Homeless Shelter Operator Blamed For Abrupt Evictions

    On Monday morning, residents of 941 Intervale Avenue were notified they would have just 24 hours to pack all of their belongings; they were being transferred to a new shelter. Everything they wished to take with them, an impersonal letter from the Department of Homeless Services informed them, would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    City Gives Bronx Homeless Shelter Residents 24 Hours and Two Plastic Bags To Move Their Entire Lives

    Residents of 941 Intervale--one of a number of privately owned apartment buildings that have been turned into "cluster" homeless shelters funded by the city--were issued letters at 9 a.m. on Monday morning alerting them to the fact that tonight will be their last night in the shelter. They will have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Bronx Landlords in City-Subsidized Apartment Building Giving 40 Families the Boot

    Residents of 941 Intervale Avenue in the Bronx were abruptly informed via letter on Tuesday that the building's owner, Aguila, Inc., will no longer be operating the apartment building as a city-subsidized homeless shelter, and they are being forced to leave. The letter, just three sentences long, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    While City Fights Sandy Victim Class-Action Suit, Judge Extends Eviction Deadline

    Six months after Hurricane Sandy swept across New York City's coastlines, most people affected by the storm have moved on from crisis mode. Power's back, insurance has (hopefully) kicked in. But there's a smaller group of people--a little less than 200 households altogether--for whom Hurricane Sandy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Day Before Deadline, Court Blocks Eviction Date for Sandy Victims

    On Monday night, a state supreme court ordered that the city temporarily halt its eviction of Hurricane Sandy victims from hotels. Slightly less than 200 households were to face their move-out deadline today, including 125 families that had nowhere to go, and 71 that the Department of Homeless Serv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Homeless Hurricane Sandy Victims To Be Kicked Out of Hotels, Nowhere to Go

    Carmen Perez, 40, was living under a terrace in a third floor apartment in Far Rockaway when Hurricane Sandy hit. Her AC crashed through the window, water flooded the closets, and she, her husband, their 3-year-old daughter, and their pitbull, Blackie, had to be evacuated by the fire department. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    City Council to Mayor's Administration: Stop Blaming Homelessness Epidemic on State Legislature and the Economy

    At a committee meeting held yesterday, City Council members told the Department of Homeless Services to start coming up with better solutions, not temporary fixes and excuses, to combat the rapid rise of homelessness in the city."We're in crisis mode, and if we don't do something over the next 16 mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Historic Jazz Site in Harlem Rehabilitated, Houses Formerly Homeless New Yorkers

    At a time when social services are facing sometimes difficult cuts, one organization is celebrating the funding it received from the city to rehabilitate a housing project in Harlem that provides homes and services to the chronically homeless. Housing and Services Inc., or HSI, -- an organization t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Slumlords and Your Tax Dollars

    ​AM New York had an interesting piece yesterday about a topic that's near and dear to us over here at Runnin' Scared: taxpayer dollars that end up in the pockets of slumlords. The paper, using data from Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio's office, reported that a beleaguered city program which pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Opponents of Homeless in Bronx Apartment Building Lose a Round in Court

    Sandi Lusk​The Bronx merchants' group that unsuccessfully sued the Department of Homeless Services for quietly entering into an agreement to rent units in a brand new apartment building tried last week to make the city do a study and hold a hearing before letting the homeless in. The judge reb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    New Bronx Homeless Shelter Upheld Despite Lack of Community Hearings

    Sandi Lusk​A Bronx neighborhood lost the latest round in a legal fight against the city's Department of Homeless Services for quietly putting a homeless shelter in a new apartment building. Bronx State Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey D. Wright dismissed a lawsuit against the city agency lodged ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2010

    City Commissioner's driver busted for DWI on the way to inauguration

    ​Nathaniel Chambers, a driver for the Department of Homeless Services, was supposed to drive commissioner Robert Hess to City Hall on Friday for the inauguration, and if he'd had an E-ZPass on his city vehicle he might have made it. Instead, he ended up arrested with DWI, partly on the basis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2009

    City to cover (some) revoked Section 8 vouchers

    New York's Department of Homeless Services has announced plans to cover, at least temporarily, the cost of more than half of the $800 housing vouchers the city announced plans to default on yesterday. Homeless Services Commissioner Rob Hess says that the city will cover immediate rent costs for 1, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2009

    Drop-in center threatened by city transit plans

    ​The Port Authority has announced plans to evict the Open Door Drop In Center, which provides showers and health services for homeless people, to make way for either the planned westward extension of the 7 line or additional space for bus terminal employees, depending who you ask.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Weekly Rallies Continue Against Bloomberg Homeless Move-Ins; Thompson Joins Fight

    When the city quietly transformed a brand-new Bronx building into an emergency homeless shelter in August, it incited a lawsuit and a blitz of rallies. Last Saturday -- the fifth in a series of Saturday protests that, organizers say, with continue up through the election -- more than two dozen an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Times: "Cluster-Site" Homeless Housing Bonanza for Landlords, Bad for Tenants

    The "scatter-site" housing program -- originated by John Lindsay to set homeless families up in apartments in various working class neighborhoods, adopted by Mayor Giuliani and inherited and perpetuated by Mayor Bloomberg -- was unpopular. So Bloomberg vowed to phase it out. But he has replaced i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    City Officials Still Park Illegally. Our Solution: Jimmy Justice!

    Browstoner and the Daily News notice "parking abuse" by civic officials in downtown Brooklyn. Expired meters, crosswalks, hydrants, bike lanes -- these mean nothing to the police, fire, and judicial employees who use their placards to park any damn place near Borough Hall, despite a mayoral crackd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Bums' Rush: On Cold Night, Squads Fetch Homeless to Shelters

    We've got a terrible cold -- or maybe the flu, or the Black Death -- and the cold snap is hitting us hard. But when we think of the record-breaking new wave of homeless in the city, many of whom huddled in sleeping bags or doorways last night, we lose, briefly, our self-regard, and marvel that these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    Street Homelessness on the Decline, Bloomberg Says

    There are 3,306 homeless people living on New York City streets, a decline 12 percent since last year, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Homeless Services announced Tuesday. Two years ago, Bloomberg launched a “supportive housing” program that provides access to subsidized housing desig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    Bronx Landlord Gets Jail Time for Violations

    This video is pretty tough to watch if you are bothered by poor folks forced to live in squalor, or if you're bothered by the conventions of TV news journalism. But the building condition is pretty appalling. And now its owner is facing jail time. So you don't even have to watch it at all (but the ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2007

    Bloomberg Charges the Homeless Rent

    The mayor does what his predecessor always wanted to: charge for shelter stays

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006

    City Jobs Kick Ass (Literally)

    The incident occurred on May 24, 2005, a Tuesday, out at I.S. 78 on East 68th Street in Brooklyn. The victim was a New York City Police Department employee. In the city's accounting of all workers compensation claims in 2005, this particular injury is summoned up in one word: Buttocks. There were t ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 27, 2006

    Abdur Rahman Farrakhan

    'When he came in, all the problems came in'

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2006

    Spat Over Homeless Stats

    The number of street homeless dropped 13 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to the results from Department of Homeless Services' annual survey, which were released Monday. Acting DHS commissioner Fran Winter called the reported reduction "extremely encouraging" and demonstrative of "real progress" ... More >>

  • News

    February 28, 2006

    Bum Wrap

    On the night of the city's homeless census, street people count

  • News

    February 7, 2006

    Kicked Out of the Heartbreak Hotel

    FEMA can stop footing bill for hurricane evacuees

  • News

    December 27, 2005

    Heartbreak Hotels

    For Katrina evacuees in New York, it's no jobs, no phones, no closets, missing meals, and a government that wants you outta there

  • News

    October 15, 2002

    A Perfect Storm

    It's Residents Out, Homeless Families in at Troubled Complex

  • News

    October 8, 2002

    Homeless Profit-Taking

    Brooklyn Developer Pulls Bait and Switch on Neighborhood

  • News

    May 2, 2000

    Shelter Skelter

    Homeless Women, Some Physically Disabled, Face Evacuation

  • News

    January 25, 2000


    Traffic Enforcement Agents Fight Termination by NYPD

  • News

    January 5, 1999

    Payback Politics

    People in need pay the price for Rudy's revenge