The pushback came at a community meeting that the Department of Homeless Services did not even attend.
Grassroots Grocery has a charismatic founder, a compelling origin story and a six-figure reserve fund that mutual-aid workers and organizers in the borough say are the fruits of “poverty pimping.”
The proposed legislation would direct states to quickly reissue funds. At least $730,000 has been taken from New Yorkers this year.
Advocates are calling on Albany and to ramp up security on benefits cards — while officials say the law ties their hands when it comes to reimbursing the stolen funds.
The borough’s community refrigerators — fewer than during the pandemic — are strapped for cash as well as volunteers to transport food.
New Yorkers said yes to the Environmental Bond Act and approved changes proposed by the Racial Equity Commission.
More than 10% of people matched with a publicly funded attorney for housing cases made above the income limit once set for who could get a free lawyer. Advocates say it points to a need for free legal help beyond just the city’s poorest.
Rising energy costs amid the pandemic are leaving some New Yorkers underwater. Higher utility bills are compounding unprecedented levels of debt, and consumer advocates say more public funds should be allocated for people who are behind on their payments. “We’ve never had a level of unpaid utility debt like this,” said Richard Berkley, executive director […]
It’s a new year and we have a new mayor to contend with an evolving health crisis. What will the headlines be? As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year and the latest variant sweeps through the city, it’s hard to feel optimistic about 2022. The virus will undoubtedly continue to shape or even create […]