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Disagreement over a union contract may have led to the demise of a shelter planned for Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Mayor Eric Adams is urging Albany to pass a bill that would allow certain underutilized and vacant hotels to be converted into permanent residences for those experiencing homelessness.
Housing advocates argue that Mayor Eric Adams plans to spend $22 billion over the next decade to preserve and build affordable housing in New York City falls far short of what he promised last year during his mayoral campaign.
Mayor has touted the opening of hundreds of new shelter beds. But homeless advocates have raised questions about what types of beds they are and whether any of them are actually “new.”
State lawmakers are expected to decide by midnight tonight whether to spend $250 million to create a rent assistance program backed by both landlords and tenant advocates, but opposed by fiscal conservatives.
Advocates say that without safe and accessible housing options, Adams’s plan won’t reduce street homelessness.
A string of shootings involving homeless individuals in New York City and Washington D.C. has some worrying about where they feel safest.
At a time when the discourse about how to address serious mental illness has circled back to upping hospital beds, court-mandated treatment and nudging homeless people out of the subway system, clubhouses represent a completely different approach.
“Without that missing piece of where people will go, I do think that this plan will not be successful and we'll see more people pushed from one subway line to another, or from the subways to the streets, where they're exposed to the elements,” one advocate says.
The New York City Council voted last year to expand the city’s housing voucher system for New Yorkers experiencing homeless. But advocates, landlords, and voucher recipients say bureaucratic mishaps in the program are keeping people stuck in shelters longer than necessary.
Riders, city officials and advocates for unhoused populations describe how they’re approaching subway safety and dealing with the collective trauma from the Michelle Go tragedy.
Last year, the City Council passed legislation raising the city’s rental-assistance program to more closely match market rates. But housing advocates say a new rule issued by the city is preventing people from getting apartments.
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