In October, we heard about a homeless shelter immediately opening in Carroll Gardens, much to the dismay of local residents. Since August, the Department of Health Services personnel had been (and continue to be) overwhelmed with the accelerating rate of the homeless population, unable to find space ... More >>
Remember when Mayor Bloomberg said a few weeks ago, "Nobody's sleeping on the streets"? Well... At that time, the Coalition of the Homeless furiously responded by telling reporters that there was "no accurate measurement of New York City's unsheltered homeless population, and recent City surveys si ... More >>
Like most gentrified neighborhoods in New Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens looked completely different only a decade ago. There were no coffee shops or strollers on Smith Street and the brownstones were not obsessively recognized for their aesthetic charm just yet. It was a lower-income neighborh ... More >>
The U.S. economy currently is in the shitter, and with that comes high unemployment, which, naturally leads to more homeless people. So, in response to the spike in homelessness, Mayor Mike Bloomberg has setup homeless shelters in some of New York City's pricier neighborhoods.And who lives in New Yo ... 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 >>
According to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, there's a reason the less fortunate are staying in homeless shelters 30 percent longer than they have in the past: New York City's homeless shelters are just too damn nice.In response to a Wall Street Journal report that found the average length of stay for familie ... More >>
As the never-ending sweat of August settles into New York's membrane, there are those who are unfortunately not able to sit by an A/C all day and bask in the endless drivel of freon, forced to sleep outside of churches, federal buildings or any other institution that legally cannot kick them out.&nb ... More >>
Mayor Michael Bloomberg released his budget yesterday, and it's not a pretty read for children. According to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, it could axe 42,000 slots for childcare. Also, according to a press release from the Ali Forney Center, it will wreak havoc on the number of beds available f ... More >>
Yesterday, we walked down the Bowery and took an extremely unscientific poll to find out how New York's homeless population feels about Mayor Mike Bloomberg's crusade to keep the city's hobos from ingesting salt by not allowing do-gooders to donate food to city-run homeless shelters (because the cit ... More >>
It was reported last month that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has taken it upon himself to make sure Gotham's homeless don't have too much salt in their diets by banning donations to city-run food shelters because the government can't monitor the salt content of the donated food.When we first c ... More >>
"We always pick rainy, cold nights for these actions," Sam Miller pointed very early this morning on Norwood Avenue, near the Brooklyn/Queens border far out on the J train. Indeed, though it had felt like summer just the day before, you could see your breath as about twenty members of Picture the ... More >>
The activists over at Queer Rising, who got arrested again and again and again during the past couple of years fighting for marriage equality, took it to the streets yesterday and initiated their first encounter of 2012 with handcuffs in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo's midtown office. According ... More >>
NewsOneCoalition for the Homeless, an organization that develops cost-effective strategies to end mass homelessness in NYC, released their annual report today. According to the report, homelessness increased 8% in the past year, and has gone up 34% since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002.
Picture the Homeless, a social justice organization for and of New York City's homeless, rallied outside police headquarters this morning to issue Commissioner Raymond Kelly a "ticket" for Disorderly Conduct -- a charge often unfairly used, they argue, to arrest the homeless. Jean Rice, a ho ... 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 >>
The United Homeless Organization -- the non-profit group which, since 1993, has been setting up tables on street corners throughout the city and soliciting money with those ubiquitous plastic UHO water jugs -- is a fraud, according to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo is suing the group, ... 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 >>
Remember when the city was shipping homeless men to the Catskills -- and the homeless indignantly returned and demanded shelter in Manhattan, which they found more exciting and convenient to drugs and crime victims? We sure have come a long way since then. Now we're sending homeless people to ... More >>
How often have you read, in New York Post editorials and elsewhere, that damned meddlesome judges were keeping the city from solving its homeless problem? We don't expect it to stop, but now the complaint will be even less reasonable: after 25 years of litigation, Mayor Bloomberg announced today tha ... More >>
The City's Independent Budget Office recently released a report that basically called Mayor Bloomberg's homeless plan a failure. Bloomberg had vowed to cut the number of people living on the City's streets and shelters by two-thirds before he left office in 2009. In fact, the IBO suggested that the ... More >>
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 >>
The Harvard Club hosted a discussion about abandoned housing and homelessness. By Eileen Markey Abandoned housing in Manhattan? Really? Tell me where, I've got my hot plate ready. It’s hard to believe there are vacant buildings in New York's still insane real estate market, but a recent survey ... More >>
Though there are a lot of people who will tell you that CBGB died years ago, Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the club's closing. On Tuesday morning, a thoughtful fan marked the anniversary with some flowers. Next door at the CBGB gallery, two workmen were ripping out the bar. They said t ... More >>
The mayor does what his predecessor always wanted to: charge for shelter stays
New city program for homeless: Keep your job or keep your apartment
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 >>
On the night of the city's homeless census, street people count
The first ad features a real estate agent listing the selling points of a piece of sidewalk to a street sleeper ("exposed brick ... and talk about outdoor space!"). The second features a saleswoman pitching a refrigerator box to a homeless dude. They're funny, the two 30 second spots unveiled Thursd ... More >>
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Homeless Women, Some Physically Disabled, Face Evacuation
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Interviews by Dave Kihara, Sharon Lerner & Coco McPherson. Photographs by Hiroyuki Ito, Mayita Mendez, Michael Schmelling & Michael Sofronski
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A Homeless Family Confronts the Citys New Work-for-Shelter Rules
Giuliani's suppressed report on homeless youth
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For many of New York City's dispossessed, the safest place is on wheels.