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Gov. Cuomo announces $213M to fight heroin, opioid epidemic

April 20, 2017
Gov. Cuomo announces $213M to fight heroin, opioid epidemic

Cuomo announced the state will invest 213 million dollars on efforts to combat the statewide heroin and opioid epidemic, which he described as the “worst drug scourge” the nation has ever faced, the Daily News reports.

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Judge Extends Ban on Crown Heights Shelter Opening But Urges Compromise

April 19, 2017
Judge Extends Ban on Crown Heights Shelter Opening But Urges Compromise

A Brooklyn judge on Wednesday extended an order blocking the opening of a Crown Heights homeless shelter to give time to those fighting the facility to negotiate a possible compromise with the city over the project, according to DNAinfo.

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CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF LOW-INCOME AMERICANS

April 19, 2017
CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BALANCE THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF LOW-INCOME AMERICANS

There are only 35 affordable apartments for every 100 low-income families in New York City, and insufficient federal funding will only push thousands more to the brink of homelessness, Jacquelyn Simone, a policy analyst at Coalition for the Homeless, writes in NY Slant.

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Homeless Youth at High Risk of Human Trafficking

April 17, 2017
Homeless Youth at High Risk of Human Trafficking

After interviewing homeless young people across 13 cities in the United States and Canada, researchers concluded that 56 percent of homeless transgender youth had been involved in the sex trade in some way, while 40 percent of homeless young women and 25 percent of young…

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Neighbors Decry New Homeless Shelters, Except in One Brooklyn Enclave

April 14, 2017
Neighbors Decry New Homeless Shelters, Except in One Brooklyn Enclave

Nearly a month ago, a women’s homeless shelter opened in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and hardly anyone noticed, including many of its neighbors, DNAinfo reports.

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A New Approach To Helping Men Of Color Heal After A Violent Incident

April 14, 2017
A New Approach To Helping Men Of Color Heal After A Violent Incident

Young black and Latino men are more likely than any other group to be the victims of violent crime, but society has devoted few resources to helping these young men heal after their violent encounters, according to researchers with the Vera Institute of Justice, WBEZ…

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UNEVEN JUSTICE FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

April 13, 2017
UNEVEN JUSTICE FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

For New York to be a true sanctuary city, it must abolish broken windows policing that disproportionately targets people of color and immigrants for criminal enforcement of low-level offenses, Melanie Van Orden, a member of the Justice Team at 4th Universalist Society and Faith in…

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New NYS budget holds line on homeless funding

April 13, 2017
New NYS budget holds line on homeless funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says among the items approved in the new state budget is 20 billion dollars for New York’s homeless, however that appears to hold the line on funding for New York’s five-year plan, WBFO reports.

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Buffett Foundation to Unveil Plan to Help Girls of Color

April 13, 2017
Buffett Foundation to Unveil Plan to Help Girls of Color

A foundation run by the youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett is announcing its strategy for distributing 90 million dollars to help improve the lives of young women and girls of color in the United States, NBC New York writes.

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New York City’s Wi-Fi Kiosks Now Include a ‘Yelp for Social Services’

April 13, 2017
New York City’s Wi-Fi Kiosks Now Include a ‘Yelp for Social Services’

Using one of the LinkNYC tablets, New Yorkers can now tap into an app’s robust database of food pantries, emergency housing, childcare, healthcare, transportation assistance and financial aid programs located within that zip code, CityLab writes.

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NY puts $10M to defend immigrants

April 12, 2017
NY puts $10M to defend immigrants

A state investment of 10 million dollars included in the state budget will go to the Liberty Defense Project, which was established by the state to assist nonprofit organizations with providing legal assistance and representation to New York’s immigrants, particularly those facing deportation under new…

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