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City Tweaks Rules at Shelter Re-Up Site to Curb Overnight Camping

City officials have rejiggered the way that adult migrants reapplying for another 30-day shelter stint are counted, in an attempt to reduce the number sleeping outside a “reticketing site” in the East Village, advocates say.  The change comes following uproar earlier this week, as hundreds of people waited for hours outside the 7th Street site […]

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Gov. Hochul Backs Adams’ Call To Suspend ‘Right to Shelter’ During Asylum Crisis

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday enthusiastically embraced New York City’s request to temporarily suspend the city’s decades-old “right to shelter” agreement in response to the wave of asylum seekers who have inundated the system. Last week, Mayor Eric Adams asked a court to let the city pause the protocol, enacted in the early 1980s, that […]

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Manhattan Billionaires’ Row Homeless Shelter Opens After Years-Long Legal Battle

After four years and several court battles, a residence for 80 homeless men quietly opened, steps from some of the priciest real estate in Manhattan. The West 58th Street shelter is located in the former Park Savoy Hotel, next door to an entrance of the 1,000-foot-high One57, one of several supertall buildings on so-called Billionaires’ […]

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NYPD Sued for Info on How Cops Treated Homeless People on the Subway

The Coalition for the Homeless sued the NYPD Monday for information on the scope and impact of cops’ efforts to encourage homeless people to get off the subways and into shelters. The much-publicized Subway Diversion Project, with its philosophy of “supports, not summonses,” was touted by Mayor Bill de Blasio as a way for officers […]

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COVID Tore Through NYC Homeless Shelters. But Residents Were Kept in the Dark

Before COVID-19, life in the HELP Meyer men’s shelter on Wards Island could often be hostile, according to Alphonso Syville, who has lived there for the last decade.  But since the start of the pandemic, he said, whatever camaraderie existed among residents has all but evaporated, replaced by paranoia.  Residents say they are left in […]