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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sandi LuskThe 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 >>
Sandi LuskA 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>