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The Doe Fund, an organization that helps homeless individuals with job training and opportunities, is suing the the City and the the Department of Homeless Services for turning one its shelters into an “outer-borough warehouse for sex offenders,” Courthouse News Service reports. The Doe Fund took over the 400-bed shelter on Porter Avenue in East […]

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New York’s homeless are still feeling the effects of the Bloomberg-era elimination of “permanent housing resources for homeless,” finds a new report by the Coalition for Homeless. A record-high number of people used the city’s homeless shelters during the last fiscal year, up 5% from the previous year, at 116,294 people. Homelessness has reached an […]

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“I don’t really like it, but misery likes company,” is the general sentiment expressed by the subjects of a short documentary from the 1960’s titled How Do You Like The Bowery? The black and white video shows a seamy landscape of flophouses and bleak streets, on which the interviewees spend their time. Some tell tragic stories about […]

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Over the last five years, 20,000 more people have been recorded as homeless in New York City, DNAinfo reports that the worsening crisis has lead to more shelters, with their residency up 60% from 2009 and 1,000 more people since the beginning of the year. There are now 54,841 people living in homeless shelters in the […]

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After an announcement this week that it will begin kicking out homeless people who take shelter on subway trains, the MTA would like to clarify that no, it is not a heartless monster. NYPD officers and transit workers won’t force homeless people above ground, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said Friday, but offer them alternatives, like a bed in […]

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This week’s stellar NYC jobs report comes with a sad counterpoint: despite positive developments on the national level, the city’s homeless population grew by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013, bringing homelessness in NYC to “levels not seen since the Depression era,” according to the New York Times.  The numbers come from the Department of Housing […]

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The humanitarians at Strand Books have come up with an innovative solution for dealing with the homeless people who regularly camp out under its awning at night: turning on sprinklers and spraying them with water until they leave. Nancy Bass Wyden, the iconic store’s co-owner, said she was “not sure” why the sprinklers were there, […]

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The New York Times recently found and caught up with Jeffrey Hillman, the formerly anonymous homeless man whose photo spread across the internet after NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo saw him barefoot and gave him a pair of new boots. Hillman was spotted on the Upper West Side, the boots that made him famous nowhere to be found. “Those shoes […]

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We know the NYPD catches a lot of flak around these parts, but they’re not all bad! Case in point: Officer Lawrence DePrimo, who bought a pair of boots for a barefoot homeless man he saw while patrolling in Times Square earlier this month. “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the […]

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Many residents of Brooklyn’s wealthy Carroll Gardens neighborhood have been strongly opposed to the long-planned opening of a homeless shelter at 165 West 9th Street, and have successfully stalled its progress so far. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, however, plans to bring the shelter into operation are going forward–at least temporarily. 170 homeless veterans […]

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