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New York City Homeless

Street Team Brings Health Care Directly To Homeless People In NYC

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 08.22.2016 | Impact

Because some homeless people are hesitant to seek out medical care in clinics or hospitals, one organization is meeting them where they are. The Cente...

The Story of a Homeless Man and His Birthday Sign

Alexis Benveniste | Posted 12.05.2015 | Impact
Alexis Benveniste

It was a chilly October evening as I walked through a bustling Times Square on my way home from work.

Unsheltered Population In NYC Drops 5 Percent, Even As Homelessness Crisis Continues

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

The number of unsheltered New Yorkers fell by 5 percent during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office, the city’s Department of Homeless Serv...

The Dollars and Sense of a Basic Education

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

When average length of stay is over a year and over half the families who leave shelter return, would it not make sense to address the gap in a parent's education while they wait for a viable housing option to become available?

NYC Dedicates $6 Million To Help Homeless Who Sleep In Subways

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact

The city that never sleeps is upping efforts to reach those without beds to call their own. New York City, currently experiencing record-high rate...

Christopher Mathias

Over 3,000 People Volunteered To Help Count New York City's Homeless

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK -- Drew Cochran, 18, grew up in the "middle of nowhere" Idaho, where he said he rarely -- if ever -- saw a homeless person on the street. ...

Christopher Mathias

Historic Winter Storm Is A Real Emergency For City's Homeless

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK -- Peter Carling stood outside a Lower East Side chapel Monday morning, smoking a cigarette and watching the first snow of a massive winter s...

Christopher Mathias

Outrage After NYPD Raid On Homeless Shelter

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact

Homeless advocates expressed anger this week at the prospect of more police raids on Manhattan homeless shelters, after NYPD officers last Friday arre...

Gay Former Marine's Struggle Inspires Film About LGBT Youth Homelessness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact

Elegance Bratton found himself on a train to New York City at 16 years old with a plastic bag filled with his belongings and nowhere else to go. He le...

New York City's Invisible Children

The New York Times | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets...

WATCH: Helping A Homeless Czech Man In NYC Get Home

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 11.27.2013 | New York

This weekend's frigid temperatures in New York City inspired some members of the Whatever video team to hand out clothes from the Thread Society to pe...

Strand Books Used Sprinklers On Homeless

| Posted 11.15.2013 | New York

By Rosa Goldensohn GREENWICH VILLAGE — The Strand Book Store used its sprinkler system to drive away homeless people from beneath its famous red...

When the Right to Shelter Isn't Quite Right

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 09.23.2013 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

New York City has always provided for those in need. What is in question now is how to do so in an efficient, effective, and humane way, one that is fair to both those citizens truly in need and those New Yorkers who are paying the bill.

WATCH: 'SoulCycle For Homeless People'

Posted 06.21.2013 | New York

Docked Citi Bikes? Free SoulCycle. Comedian Fabrizio Goldstein, who goes by "The Fat Jew," seems to be the first to have figured out that wheels o...

PHOTOS: The Signs Of NYC's Homeless

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 03.06.2013 | New York

The stark reality of New York City's homeless is too often forgotten. Some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers risk becoming merely a statistic -- one ...

Bloomberg: NYC Homeless Shelters Offer 'More Pleasurable Experience'

Posted 08.24.2012 | New York

While attending a press conference in Queens on Thursday, Mayor Bloomberg said New York City's homeless shelters have improved so greatly in recent ye...

A Fair and Practical Right to Shelter

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 10.22.2012 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

New York has always chosen the road less travelled when it came to serving the homeless. But the city's generous right to shelter policy has become a road that brings many more to New York than we can serve.

Bloomberg Blames Out-Of-Towners For Overcrowded Homeless Shelters

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 02.20.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city's homeless population is flooded with out-of-town homeless visitors seeking refuge, and suggested current shelte...

City Looks For Actors To Play Homeless In PSA

Posted 04.24.2012 | New York

When the New York City needed to cast a Public Service Announcement featuring homeless characters, it didn't hire any of the city's 41,000 actual home...

An Underworld Below Your Subway Seat

Emma Orlow | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
Emma Orlow

Would you believe me if I told you there are hundreds of people living below New York City? The idea of mole people is depicted as mythical in pop culture, but they're as far from fantasy as can be.

City Council Might Sue Michael Bloomberg

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

New York City Council is expected to file a lawsuit against Mayor Bloomberg Tuesday, seeking to stop a new law that would require homeless adults to p...

City Homelessness On The Rise

Posted 01.09.2012 | New York

According to a new report by the Coalition For The Homeless, New York City's homeless shelter population rose to 41,000 at the end of October, making ...

15,000 Formerly Homeless NYC Families May Find Themselves Back In Shelters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Recent budget cuts to a New York City program that helps families get out of homeless shelters and into apartments have sparked controversy, starting ...

The Accidental Mentor

Heather Kristin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heather Kristin

Jill showed me that by losing everything, my home and at times my mother, I was given an opportunity to discover my true essence, be responsible for my own happiness, and that every day presents another chance to make something of my life.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Families

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

New York City is emerging as an example of how a narrow focus on housing can have serious unintended consequences for so many homeless families.