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Landlords Fined $33K by City After Rejecting Tenant With Housing Voucher

April 5, 2017
Landlords Fined $33K by City After Rejecting Tenant With Housing Voucher

A Brooklyn management company was fined $33,000 by the City Commission on Human Rights after rejecting a woman’s housing voucher and leaving her homeless for two months, according to court documents, DNAinfo writes.

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“SOLVING” HOMELESSNESS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM

April 5, 2017
“SOLVING” HOMELESSNESS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to fight homelessness, while commendable, highlights the housing crisis’s disproportionate weight on some communities and its inextricable link to the lack of affordable housing, City Councilman Jumaane Williams writes in NY Slant.

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Large NPOs Lead Overall Dip In Giving

April 4, 2017
Large NPOs Lead Overall Dip In Giving

Charitable giving decreased by 1.4 percent in February as compared to the same time last year, according to the Blackbaud Index, a month-to-month recording of charitable performance, NonProfit Times writes.

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City Council speaker’s bill would help defendants avoid Rikers by giving them more time to post bail

April 4, 2017
City Council speaker’s bill would help defendants avoid Rikers by giving them more time to post bail

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will push a bill to delay hauling defendants off to jail and give them more time to post bail – part of a drive to reduce admissions to Rikers Island and drive down the population there, the Daily News reports.

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Celebrity Philanthropists: Which Ones Go the Extra Mile

April 4, 2017

The Chronicle of Philanthropy lists some celebrities who have produced big results for charity but aren’t as widely recognized for their giving.

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Community Developers Say City’s Housing Plan Leaves Them Behind

April 4, 2017
Community Developers Say City’s Housing Plan Leaves Them Behind

Not-for-profits say City Hall has strengthened a reliance on the for-profit sector for affordable housing, a focus that fails to recognize the value that not-for-profits bring to a housing deal or acknowledge the unique obstacles those firms face competing against for-profit companies, City Limits writes.

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These are the 30 posh hotels where NYC places its homeless

April 2, 2017
These are the 30 posh hotels where NYC places its homeless

The city has used 30 Manhattan hotels to house the homeless, including the iconic New Yorker, the upscale Excelsior and the tourist-friendly The Manhattan at Times Square, the New York Post writes.

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Stakeholders Discuss Next Steps in Eliminating Homelessness Among Military Veterans

April 2, 2017
Stakeholders Discuss Next Steps in Eliminating Homelessness Among Military Veterans

If the city’s homelessness crisis is already complicated, former service members’ housing challenges have unique dimensions of both complexity and potential solutions, which stakeholders attempted to unpack at a recent forum, Gotham Gazette writes.

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City officials back 10-year plan to shutter Rikers

March 30, 2017
City officials back 10-year plan to shutter Rikers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have endorsed a broad plan to shutter Rikers Island within a decade, as will be proposed by Jonathan Lippman in a report to be released this weekend, Politico New York writes.

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Can Andrew Cuomo Really Deliver On His Housing Promises?

March 30, 2017
Can Andrew Cuomo Really Deliver On His Housing Promises?

With the state mired in a historic homeless crisis and budget negotiations underway in Albany, low-income New Yorkers and housing advocates are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to back up various press releases, addresses and previous budget proposals by finally funding long-term affordable housing development, CityLab writes.

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Homeless Shelter for 132 Families Coming to New Crown Heights Complex

March 29, 2017
Homeless Shelter for 132 Families Coming to New Crown Heights Complex

Residents are organizing to fight the opening of a shelter for 132 families, one of three in the Crown Heights area slated to open, which will be run by Samaritan Village, a Queens-based social services organization, DNAinfo writes.

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