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‘We Were Doing the Whole Thing Wrong,’ de Blasio Says of Homeless Policy

March 10, 2017
‘We Were Doing the Whole Thing Wrong,’ de Blasio Says of Homeless Policy

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faced questions and criticism Thursday over his plan to open 90 new homeless shelters throughout the city, including dissent from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, DNAinfo writes.

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Cuomo proposes $1.4B project to revitalize central Brooklyn

March 10, 2017
Cuomo proposes $1.4B project to revitalize central Brooklyn

The multi-year plan would address underserved neighborhoods with money for affordable housing, education, parks and job creation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined a $1.4 billion initiative on Thursday that aims to transform Central Brooklyn, long one of the most troubled areas in the city. Central Brooklyn includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick and Crown Heights, neighborhoods that struggle…

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Third Wave Fund, New York Women’s Foundation and Ms. Foundation Pen Open Letter to Foundations and Donors Calling for Increased Funding to People of Color

March 9, 2017
Third Wave Fund, New York Women’s Foundation and Ms. Foundation Pen Open Letter to Foundations and Donors Calling for Increased Funding to People of Color

Prominent institutional and individual funders, including the New York Women’s Foundation, issued an open letter to philanthropic groups to increase funding to organizations led by people of color, especially those working at the local and state levels.

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THE SLANT: CHRISTINE QUINN ON NYC’S HOMELESS POLICY PIVOT

March 8, 2017
THE SLANT: CHRISTINE QUINN ON NYC’S HOMELESS POLICY PIVOT

On the New York Slant podcast, Christine Quinn endorsed de Blasio’s new homelessness plan to build 90 shelters across New York City, but admitted she would have handled the homeless crisis differently if she were in City Hall.

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Armory Plan Comes Under Fire at First Public Hearing

March 8, 2017
Armory Plan Comes Under Fire at First Public Hearing

In the first round of public comments on Brooklyn’s Bedford Union Armory redevelopment plan, activists hoping to halt the official review before it begins chanted “kill the deal,” DNAinfo writes.

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Brooklyn borough president advances plan to help NYC houses of worship build affordable housing

March 8, 2017
Brooklyn borough president advances plan to help NYC houses of worship build affordable housing

Seeing a trend of churches being converted to residential buildings or selling part of their land for residential development, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams created the Faith-Based Development Initiative to connect houses of worship with resources to help build affordable housing or community resources, Curbed writes.

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LACKLUSTER MWBE RATES IN NEW YORK? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

March 7, 2017
LACKLUSTER MWBE RATES IN NEW YORK? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

In New York City, the percentage of government contracts going to firms owned by women or minorities has languished in the single digits. At the state level, strong growth in the share of contracts going to these minority- and women-owned business enterprises, or MWBEs, has slowed in recent years. City & State reports.

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GOVERNOR CUOMO, NEW YORK’S PUBLIC HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OUR ATTENTION

March 7, 2017
GOVERNOR CUOMO, NEW YORK’S PUBLIC HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OUR ATTENTION

With 35 million dollars in expected federal budget cuts to the New York City Housing Authority, now is the time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put forth a long-term plan for public housing, David Jones of the Community Service Society of New York and Afua Atta-Mensah of Community Voices Heard write in New York Slant.

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Over 70 percent of Bronx residents are at risk of displacement: study

March 7, 2017
Over 70 percent of Bronx residents are at risk of displacement: study

Bronx residents are more likely to get priced out of their neighborhoods than New Yorkers in any other borough, according to a new study from the Regional Plan Association, Curbed writes.

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On ‘Day Without A Woman,’ school’s on in New York City — but expect some red shirts and women’s history

March 7, 2017
On ‘Day Without A Woman,’ school’s on in New York City — but expect some red shirts and women’s history

Today’s national “A Day Without a Woman” protest encourages women to wear red and stay home from work to showcase the value women bring to the economy and the workforce, an extension of the Women’s March on Washington that took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Chalkbeat writes.

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De Blasio’s Latest Homeless Plan Faces Obstacles [Listen]

March 7, 2017
De Blasio’s Latest Homeless Plan Faces Obstacles [Listen]

The zip code with the highest concentration of homeless is in East Harlem, which has more than 1,200 units and includes large shelters on Wards Island, mostly for single men, many of whom receive services in East Harlem, WNYC writes.

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