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The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that it is requiring New York City to take a series of actions to increase and ensure the safety of residents at the 53rd St. Men’s Shelter in Manhattan. This includes immediately increasing security and law enforcement presence at the facility, and conducting a thorough investigation, to be shared with the state, into whether the facility’s security protocols are inadequate, and what improvements are needed if so to protect the well-being of people residing in the shelter.
OTDA Launches Unprecedented Initiative to Inspect Homeless Shelters Statewide, Building on Local Audit and...
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced the launch of an unprecedented effort to inspect emergency homeless shelters statewide. This effort is designed to ensure that shelters are safe, clean, supervised and well-maintained, as well as fully compliant with state and local laws and regulations, and will utilize audit reports and analysis produced by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder.
Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order to Protect Homeless Individuals During Inclement Winter Weather
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued an Executive Order to protect homeless individuals from inclement winter weather where temperatures decline to 32 degrees or below. The order will ensure that homeless individuals are directed to shelter during inclement winter weather which can cause hypothermia, serious injury and death.
With cold weather entering the region, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano reminds residents that Warm Bed, Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program, is open to assist homeless individuals and families during the winter months. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order that directs homeless individuals to shelter during inclement winter weather which can cause hypothermia, serious injury and death.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced today a review of all the city’s homeless service agencies. In response, the Coalition for the Homeless issued this statement from President & CEO Mary Brosnahan
The development will include five, two-story residential buildings with 48 apartments. A separate community building will house a maintenance garage, laundry room, and Veterans Administration service delivery office. Twenty-five units will be set aside for veterans eligible for benefits from the Canandaigua VA Medical Center who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their dependents.
Therefore, Schumer is pushing to pass sweeping legislation that will encourage landlords to rent to veterans, modify the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that sells foreclosed homes to veterans, and deliver grants to organizations that support formerly homeless veterans, among many other initiatives aimed at ending veteran homelessness.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and the Ali Forney Center (AFC) announced three new federal grants to help continue AFC’s important work serving homeless youth in New York City, an estimated 40% of which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ). Combined, the more than $1 million in federal grants will provide critical resources to AFC, which works with LGBTQ homeless youth on a range of issues, including domestic and sexual violence, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services.
New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, and New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) President Gary Rodney join the Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) and partners to break ground at the Landing Road Residence. This development will be the first project created under Mayor de Blasio’s HomeStretch program to finance the new construction of a co-located permanent supportive affordable housing development and new homeless shelter.
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer wrote an op-ed published today in the New York Daily Newson steps the City can take to help alleviate the homeless crisis in our City. Some of the main points from the op-ed are highlighted below
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the launch of “NYC Safe.” In response, the Coalition for the Homeless issued this statement from President & CEO Mary Brosnahan: “This Administration – from the mayor, the first lady, and the deputy mayors on down – is coming from a completely different, much more informed and practical perspective than we’ve seen in the past 20 years. The mayor clearly recognizes the magnitude of the homeless crisis and
the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and two of its state partners, the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service and the Supportive Housing Network of New YorkouH, released the findings of a state-wide public opinion poll that measured New York registered voter support for changing the mortgage interest deduction, addressing homelessness, and creating more affordable housing.
New York State Assembly Social Services Chair Andrew Hevesi today released a bi-partisan letter to Governor Cuomo signed by 133 members calling for the development of 35,000 new units of supportive housing by 2025 to address the state's growing homelessness crisis
U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced that two local organizations have been awarded nearly $300,000 in federal grant funds to help homeless veterans on Long Island find jobs and sustainable housing. Easter Seals New York, Inc. will receive $150,000 and United Veterans Beacon House, Inc. will receive $145,000 through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP).
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is pleased to announce that Ulster County has been awarded two prestigious 2015 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) in the categories of Human Services for “The Patriots Project: Transitional Veterans Housing” and County Resiliency and Sustainability for the “Carbon Footprint Reduction Program.”
Representatives Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) introduced bipartisan legislation to help improve efforts to end homelessness among our nation’s veterans. H.R. 2591, the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund Act of 2015, creates the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund and offers taxpayers an opportunity to help keep veterans off the streets by making a voluntary contribution to the fund on their federal income tax return form
Public Advocate Letitia James and eight elderly and disabled tenants represented by Legal Services NYC and MinKwon Center for Community Action have filed a federal lawsuit against the New York City Department of Finance (“DOF”), DOF Commissioner Jacques Jiha, and the City of New York. The individual plaintiffs are widows and adult disabled children whose rent subsidies were revoked after their spouses or parents died, causing them to be at immediate risk of eviction and homelessness.
Senators Klein, Espaillat & Peralta balance NYCHA application process for homeless domestic violence victims
Senate passes bill granting homeless domestic violence victims the same preference status as granted to homeless New Yorkers
Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced a more than $1.1 million infrastructure investment for the Town of Oyster Bay to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. This disaster assistance, made available through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program, will be used to repair pedestrian sidewalks and curbs at 477 locations throughout Oyster Bay.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today praised legislation to reduce homelessness among veterans. The Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act excludes payments that disabled veterans receive for in-home aid and attendance from being considered as income when determining eligibility for HUD housing assistance.
State Senator Tony Avella praised New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s decision to deny a contract that would have established a permanent homeless shelter at the former Pan-Am Hotel.
In March, the NYC Department of Investigation released a report that highlighted unacceptable living conditions in our City’s shelters and raised significant issues about how the Department of Homeless Services identifies and cures health and safety violations
Department of Homeless Services, Fire Department, Department of Buildings, Housing Preservation and Development, and Department of Health, Department of Investigation to join forces to expedite violation corrections at over 500 city shelters following a report by the Department of Investigation
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined Lantern and partners to celebrate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Prospero Hall in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. The 87 affordable apartments provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers, with a preference for formerly homeless veterans who may not be eligible for housing or services funded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced the award of a $1.36 million grant to The Matt Urban Center of Buffalo to help finance the Hope House project, which involves the conversion of a former public school into permanent supportive housing for homeless women.