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Mary Brosnahan
Mary Brosnahan is the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest homeless advocacy and direct services organization. In addition to it’s groundbreaking advocacy work, the Coalition assists over 3,500 homeless men, women and children each day with food, clothing, permanent housing, job training and special programs for homeless youth.

Ms. Brosnahan is a frequent contributor to newspaper opinion pages, appears regularly on both local and national television and is viewed by many as a leading voice on behalf of the visibly poor. The New York Post named her one of the “Fifty Most Powerful Women in New York,” and Terry Golway of the New York Observer noted that if “compassion were an industry in New York, Ms. Brosnahan would be its chief executive officer.”

Entries by Mary Brosnahan

An Open Letter to Mayor Bloomberg

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:26 PM

The Coalition for the Homeless released its annual State of the Homeless report this week -- and it shocked many. Over 50,000 New Yorkers will bed down in our city's shelters tonight -- and that includes over 21,000 children. Yes, you read that correctly: 21,000 girls...

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One Thing You Can Do Today To Help A Homeless Child

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 4:54 PM

It's a national reaction to become immobilized when confronted with a huge problem. Time and again, I'm asked, "Yes, I'd love to help the homeless. But it seems so massive -- what can I do?"

Here's one practical tip: If you have school-aged child, chances are, in the next couple...

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Paterson's Record Cut During a Homelessness Crisis

(22) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 3:28 PM

New York City just posted a new record high for homelessness, but Governor David Paterson is looking to set his own record. He's proposed the largest cut ever to homeless services by any governor in New York history.

A staggering 39,200 people will bed down tonight in NYC's emergency...

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NYC's Record Homeless Shelter Population and How to Tackle the Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 4:46 PM

Late in last week's mayoral debate, the question was put to Mayor Bloomberg: You committed to dramatically reducing homelessness; now it's on the rise. Why?

Bloomberg shifted blame -- noting that the federal government had cut back on Section 8 housing vouchers -- and touting a city program that he...

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Running Out of Beds

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 3:40 PM

In June 2004 Mayor Bloomberg pledged to reduce homelessness in New York City by two-thirds within five years. Five years and three months later, his administration is about to preside over a much different milestone: New York City is on track to literally run out of shelter beds for homeless...

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