Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

New HRA Commissioner a Thorn in Side of Past Mayors

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in News

A longtime thorn in the side of many previous mayoral administrations will now be calling the current New York City mayor “boss.” Mayor Bill de Blasio named Steve Banks, currently attorney-in-chief for the Legal Aid Society, as commissioner for the Human Resources Administration. Banks’ appointment was widely acclaimed by advocates and public officials, but it will be an interesting pivot for Banks, who has a long history of butting heads with the city as an advocate for the homeless. Banks has… [More]

James Clarifies Remarks Regarding Her Involvement In Dasani Series

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, Video

During an interview last night on Inside City Hall, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was asked about having Dasani Coates, the 11-year-old girl who was the subject of a New York Times series on homelessness in New York City, stand next to her during her inaugural speech yesterday. Host Errol Louis specifically pushed James on the conditions of the Auburn Family Residence homeless facility in James’ old City Council district in Brooklyn, which sheltered Coates and her family for years, including… [More]

On Inauguration Day, a New City Government Doubles Down on Progressive Vision

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, News, Other News, Public Safety

A bitterly cold, gray New Year’s Day greeted New York City’s new government leaders on Wednesday afternoon in front of City Hall. The standard political party mix of Bruce Springsteen and various Motown and soul numbers thumped from the sound system, though if there were any dancing it was likely an attempt to keep blood flowing to the extremities. City and state dignitaries and several celebrities were in attendance, glad-handing, smiling through chattering teeth, and waiting patiently for the man… [More]

Housing Disadvantage

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Housing, News & Features

New York City's homeless advocates have long lobbied for the demise of Work Advantage, a rental-assistance program designed to help homeless families leave the shelter system for permanent housing. They say the program is too costly, has a stringent time limit and is generally ineffective. And at the end of April, those advocates will get their wish when Work Advantage comes to an end.… [More]