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The Principal Is New. The School Is Closing.

With new boss Dennis Walcott, the city school system gets a new chance to improve relations with parents and teachers. But there'll be no second chance for Robeson High in Bed-Stuy. What does that mean for students?

On The Street, Making Plans: Q&A With A Homeless Girl

She came to the city for a concert and never left. Now she's part of the city's complex culture of street homelessness—where cardboard signs are gold, and you're either a "crusty" or you're not.

Senate, Assembly Resist Cuomo Cuts To Services

Legislators want to restore many human services that Gov. Cuomo proposed cutting. But the Senate and Assembly still differ by tens of millions of dollars on social funding, and some programs still face elimination.

Critics Of Homeless Program Fight To Save It

Advocates for the homeless have long criticized the Bloomberg administration's approach to getting people out of shelters. But with the state threatening to end funding for the program, most advocates have joined the city to oppose the cuts.

Grandparents Who Parent Are Facing Budget Cuts

Thousands of New York children are raised by relatives other than their parents. Many rely on state programs to support their unexpected second stint as guardians.

As AIDS Threat Changes, Push For Housing Renews

Advocates, hoping Gov. Cuomo will back a cap on rent for people in AIDS housing, say research shows that shelter saves lives and reduces government expenditures.

Cuomo's Cuts Could Hit The Poor

The tiff between Albany and City Hall over education aid isn't the only fight brewing over the governor's budget. His cuts to public assistance, homeless services and child welfare are also coming under fire.

Housing That's More Than A Home

Many of New York City's homeless need more than just a place to live. As this audio slidehow reveals, they need services to help them get and keep their lives on track.

No Vacancy: Why Empty Condos Aren't Becoming Affordable Housing

Boom-time overbuilding left thousands of units vacant. But a city program to convert them to affordable housing has found the market uncooperative.

For Transgender Homeless, Choice Of Shelter Can Prevent Violence

A pilot policy to allow transgender people to choose between men's and women's shelters has reduced violence. But women's shelters are safer for either identity.

Report: NYC's Bail System Punishes The Poor

Human Rights Watch calls on New York City to come up with a better way than putting a price on freedom for low-income defendants awaiting trial for minor crimes.

BIDs These Days

The ups and downs of Business Improvement Districts

No Sign Of Mayor's Promised Antipoverty 'Zones'

A year ago the mayor said he'd launch Harlem Children's Zone-style programs in Brooklyn and the Bronx. But as the Obama administration funds a similar initiative, the city has yet to move.

From Haiti To A Housing Crisis: Earthquake Evacuees Struggle

New York's Haitians opened their doors to those who fled January's devastating quake. But amid cramped conditions and a lack of resources, the welcome might be wearing out.

Bronx Death Stirs Fears Of Homeless Attacks

Police think Billy Murphy died in an accident. But if the homeless man's friends are right in suspecting foul play, it'd be one of an increasing number of attacks on the homeless nationwide.

Nonprofit Eyeing Distressed Buildings Faces Tenant Resistance

Hope Community LDC wants to purchase 47 East Harlem buildings out of foreclosure. But a tenant organization has raised questions about the would-be buyer's past record.

In School, Homeless Kids Face A Different Test

Homeless children struggle with more than reading and math. They're challenged to stay connected to schools as their families search for shelter.

How Much Stimulus Money Went To Low Income Areas?

City Limits toured New York City, Yonkers and Newburgh with Community Voices Heard, to see where the stimulus money went and hear where advocates for low-income families believe it should go.

New Bill Would Change HIV Testing Across State

Gov. Paterson is expected to sign a bill that would mandate that physicians routinely offer their patients HIV testing, a move that experts say would reduce the rate of infection.

City Agencies Uneven On Voter Registration Push

An impromptu survey finds that about half of a sample of city offices participate in a 20-year-old program to distribute voter registration forms.


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Over 3,000 New Yorkers live on the streets or in the subways and nearly 40,000 reside in shelters. These numbers have soared in recent years reportedly due to the economic recession. With thousands of layoffs, it is not surprising that many New Yorkers found it challenging to keep up with home payments while keeping food on the table. Many turn to the shelters as a means of support during difficult times. The city’s Department of Homeless Services works to prevent homelessness and to aid those already homeless.

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NYers Pan Mayor's Record on Homelessness; Want Shelter Time Limits - Jarrett Murphy

Only one in four survey respondents approve of the mayor's handling of homelessness, even though most say they haven't seen an increase in homelessness under the mayor.

What Should the Next Mayor Do About Homelessness? - Jarrett Murphy

Homeless policy has dogged the last four mayors of New York City. A recent panel looked at how the next mayor might turn the page.

Fewer Homeless on Streets, Lots More on Subways - Jarrett Murphy

The Department of Homeless Services announced a "decline of 28 percent across the five boroughs since 2005." That was the good news.

City Limits Criminal Justice Reporting Honored - Jarrett Murphy

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency recognized our coverage of staff sexual misconduct in New York's prisons and the housing challenges facing former inmates.

Feds Fall Down on Homeless Women Vets - Jarrett Murphy

The number of homeless women veterans tracked by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs has more than doubled in the past five years, but they are poorly served by existing programs, an investigation finds.

Plan Calls for Longer Shelter Stays - Jarrett Murphy

A new report on homelessness in New York calls for some shelter residents to be housed for a year to 18 months, so they can get the time and resources needed to become self-sufficient.

Read It: Court Backs City Cut of Homeless Program - Jarrett Murphy

A state judge ruled that New York can end a rent-subsidy program for formerly homeless people that lost its state and federal funding.

AIDS Program Cuts Stir Protest - Johann Hamilton

Advocates are speaking out against proposed cuts to programs that feed and house people living with HIV/AIDS.

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CAMBA Night at the Cyclones Ballpark

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

By Arvernetta Henry

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

For Arvernetta Henry, the stakes in the budget talks are pretty simple. With a rent subsidy, she gets out of the shelter. Without it, she doesn't.

A Memorial Day for the Homeless

By Bobby Watts

A Memorial Day for the Homeless

The longest night of the year is also a day to remember people who died on the street.

When the Choice is Between Abuse and Homelessness

By Carol Corden and Shola Olatoye

When the Choice is Between Abuse and Homelessness

Almost one-third of homeless families in the shelter system are survivors of domestic violence. Mayor-elect de Blasio needs to act quickly to more adequately serve this vulnerable population.

Wringing Lessons Out of the Strand's Soaking of Homeless

By Jeff Foreman

Wringing Lessons Out of the Strand's Soaking of Homeless

The episode and the web comments it generated revealed how easy it is to dehumanize people living on the streets. There are alternatives to cold water when stores need to move the homeless along.

Quick Ways for De Blasio to Help Homeless NYers

By Hannah Biskind

Quick Ways for De Blasio to Help Homeless NYers

The mayor-elect has warned that systemic change will be hard, and he's right. But that doesn't mean there aren't simple ways he can make life better for the 50,000 people in homeless shelters.

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MULTIMEDIA

Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."

"Social Change, Inc."

Three case studies: Ho w MBAs are transforming the ways nonprofits do business.

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