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Councilman calls for independent commission to tackle homeless shelter placement woes

August 24, 2017
Councilman calls for independent commission to tackle homeless shelter placement woes

New York City Councilman David Greenfield has a plan to take the politics out of locating homeless shelters, and will introduce a bill on Thursday to create an independent commission to decide where new ones should be built, the Daily News writes.

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Homeless crisis spills over into well-off nabes

August 22, 2017
Homeless crisis spills over into well-off nabes

The city’s homeless crisis has stretched into some of Manhattan’s most affluent neighborhoods, the New York Post reports.

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Figuring out neighborhood obligations to the homeless

August 11, 2017

To tackle homelessness long-term, wealthy neighborhoods must assume their social responsibility, de-stigmatize homelessness, offer their resources to the less-privileged, and realize that without opening their arms today, our homelessness crisis will worsen tomorrow, The Riverdale Press shares, in an opinion piece.

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Another Course Correction for City Policing

August 10, 2017
Another Course Correction for City Policing

This week’s mass dismissal of over 600,000 old warrants by four borough district attorneys represents an indictment of the summons system itself – and a recognition that far too many people were brought into contact with the justice system for petty offenses that in no…

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De Blasio’s Shelter Plan Ignites Fears Across The Bronx

August 10, 2017
De Blasio’s Shelter Plan Ignites Fears Across The Bronx

Distrust in the lack of transparency about the mayor’s proposed homeless shelter plan has put many Bronx residents on edge and some have become so hyper-vigilant they have even mounted resistance to projects that have nothing to do with the homeless, DNAinfo writes.

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Engaging the Private Rental Sector to Address Homelessness

August 10, 2017
Engaging the Private Rental Sector to Address Homelessness

Over the next 15 years, New York State and City will create 35,000 units of supportive housing, but not all homeless adults will need supportive housing or be eligible, Nicole Bramstedt, the Director of Policy at Urban Pathways writes in Gotham Gazette.

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NYC District Attorneys (Minus Staten Island) Dismissed 644,000 Old Summonses Today

August 9, 2017
NYC District Attorneys (Minus Staten Island) Dismissed 644,000 Old Summonses Today

District Attorneys from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx ceremoniously dismissed roughly 644,500 years-old summonses Wednesday morning, putting a dent in the more than 1.5 million open warrants city-wide, Gothamist writes.

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Exclusive: NYC lawmaker wants hotel owners to let customers know if they house homeless [video]

August 9, 2017

Legislation that would force commercial hotel owners to announce to customers that they are housing the homeless at their properties is expected to be proposed today by New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich, PIX11 reports.

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Wrongful Convictions Are Set Right, but Few Fingers Get Pointed

August 8, 2017
Wrongful Convictions Are Set Right, but Few Fingers Get Pointed

In the past three years, the Conviction Review Unit in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has asked judges 23 times to free defendants who should not be in prison, but in only a handful of the cases has anyone been held accountable, The New York…

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Lawsuit claims de Blasio is hiding affordable housing info that shows city is supporting segregation

August 8, 2017
Lawsuit claims de Blasio is hiding affordable housing info that shows city is supporting segregation

According to the attorney in a lawsuit charging that a housing policy called “community preference” reinforces segregation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to keep a report on the racial breakdown of affordable housing lotteries secret and bar questioning of his top housing aide, the…

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18 Shuttered Catholic Churches May Soon Be Up for Sale

August 7, 2017
18 Shuttered Catholic Churches May Soon Be Up for Sale

If history is any indication, 18 deconsecrated churches might be sold to developers, razed and rebuilt as residential buildings, the New York Times reports.

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