With commentary that would make any civil rights advocate cringe, Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness President and CEO Ralph DaCosta Nunez explained that three public policy implementations alienated the average American voter.
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.
For the past two years I've worked on a project called "Homeless for the Holidays," interviewing and photographing homeless LGBT youth during the winter months as they sleep on the streets of NYC, so frankly, it infuriates me that our mayor would say that "no one is sleeping on the streets."
We must find a way to harness the momentum and the good will generated by this event to address the ever-present needs and problems of the poor in this region. When we call upon the best within us, we have the ability to make a huge difference in the lives of millions.
Every now and then, a story surfaces that could only happen in New York City. On a very cold night, New York City police officer Lawrence DePrimo was on patrol in Times Square and came across a homeless man who was barefoot, sitting on the ground...