Posted inHomelessness

Steve Banks Had Big Goals for Shelters, and Hit the Mark on Some. Should He Stay?

When asked after the Democratic primary whether he’d keep any of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s commissioners, Eric Adams cited just one possibility: Steve Banks. Banks, the Department of Social Services commissioner for the past eight years, won’t say if he’s had an offer from the mayor-elect — or whether he’d take it.  “Right now, my […]

Posted inHomelessness

Boost to Skimpy Low-Income Housing Vouchers Leaves Formerly Homeless at Risk of Return to Shelters

This spring, the City Council celebrated new help for homeless New Yorkers: a generous boost in dollar value for city-issued rent vouchers so stingy many recipients can’t find apartments cheap enough to use the aid. Now, formerly homeless people are looking at the fine print and learning to their dismay that the new, more generous […]

Posted inCoronavirus

Family Has Housing Voucher and an Apartment — But They’re Still Homeless

Need to know more about coronavirus in New York? Sign up for THE CITY’s daily morning newsletter. During the six months she’s lived in a Brooklyn shelter, Amy estimates she answered more than 100 listings before finding an apartment on March 5: a $1,450 one-bedroom for her and her two daughters. The landlord accepts the […]