The complex and amorphous nature of poverty in New York City has lent itself to a wide array of uniquely designed programs and organizations focused on alleviating the conditions that classify a person as poor. City Limits has never failed to shy away from examining the holes in the city’s safety net, and our coverage often highlights the effect of government practices and other trends on many different subsets of the city’s poor.

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Steal this Poster About Tenant Rights

A survey says the city's housing enforcement system is unknown to many tenants who have problems with their apartments. So help spread the word.

Will the State Wage Board Listen to Harvey Keitel?

A push to address the very low minimum wage of tipped workers recalls the exchange between Mr. White and Mr. Pink.

Where Do the Homeless Come From?

It's not gentrifying neighborhoods, for the most part, according to a new report. Instead, it's the neighborhoods where people find refuge from displacement.

Trash Fight is Sequel to Bloomberg Battle

A bill to cap how much city trash each neighborhood has to handle hardens the targets of a policy first approved nine years ago.

City Revamping its Affordable Housing Toolkit

Mayor de Blasio's housing plan was full of ambition and ideas. Achieving them will require streamlining and rearranging the city's housing development system, says HPD's commissioner.

Long Before Today's Ebola Scare, City Fended Off Smallpox

A small 1947 outbreak was halted when the city vaccinated 600,000 in a week and at least 2.5 million overall.

Immigration Detainers in NYC: The Numbers

The city honored more than 3,000 such detainers over a recent 12-month period, declined to enforce 1,200 and received $42 million less than it wanted for doing Washington's immigration-enforcement grunt work.

Got an Idea for How to Make Cities Better?

If you've figured out how to help America's urban places attract talent, create opportunity or get citizens engaged, one foundation has a $5 million pool for you to tap into.

Brooklyn Hate Crime Spike: Cause and Effect

The borough's melting-pot makeup and authorities' willingness to label crimes as hateful are reasons why Kings County often reports more hate crimes than most states.

NYC Subway Scare Has Echoes of 2005 Alert

Then as now, the credibility of the threat was doubtful. Then as now, security was stepped up anyway. What's different now? There's not a mayoral race on.


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New Bronx Resource Guide for Family Caregivers

The Office of Community Health at Montefiore Medical Center has just released "Caring for Yourself While Caregiving," a new resource guide for Bronx-based family caregivers. Available in English and Spanish, the guide provides 32 pages of helpful, low-cost resources in six unique categories for people caring for an aging parent, spouse, partner, elderly relative, child with an illness or disability, or another person close to them. To order a copy, call (718) 920-6576 or email PCareSupport@montefiore.org.
Bronx Times Review, Riverdale Review

New York's Homeless Agency's 'Honor System' Faulted

More than $152 million has been doled out to nonprofits serving the homeless in "handshake deal" arrangements for which there is little oversight, according to an audit released by New York City Comptroller John Liu.
The New York Times

State of the Homeless 2010

A report from the Coalition for the Homeless shows that Governor Paterson's proposed budget cuts could swell the size of New York City's homeless population.
Coalition for the Homeless

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