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

Workers who get a raise above minimum wage will lose their housing aid under a deal struck this spring between the City Council and de Blasio to cover a higher range of rents. There’s time to fix that income cliff danger before the Sept. 1 upgrade.

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Pyramid Scheme: Critics Question Why Transit Spaces are ‘Hostile’ to Humans

A trio of wooden pyramids, erected atop flat metal security bollards in front Penn Station, are among examples around the city and transit system of what some call "cruel" public design features that make homeless people uncomfortable.

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City Starts Kicking Thousands of Homeless People From Hotels Back to Shelters

For some New Yorkers, emergency housing during the pandemic offered a life line: the privacy and peace of a safe and comfortable hotel room. That will now end by late July. Moving day for men at the Upper West Side’s Lucerne Hotel came Monday.

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Homeless Reflect on Life in a New York City Hotel Room, One Year Later

For some New Yorkers, the pandemic proved an ironic lifesaver: Spending a year living in clean, private hotel rooms allowed them to get some stability in their lives and finally see hope for the future — if they’re not kicked back into city shelters.

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A Push to Unlock Subway Bathrooms as the City Gets Moving Again

Restrooms once open to the public at 76 stations have been closed for over a year as part of the MTA’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. With few public toilets above ground either, homeless New Yorkers are hit hardest.

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Sleeping Behind The Bronx Zoo: Why Some New Yorkers Choose Streets Over Shelters

A Coalition for the Homeless study found most people surveyed had been on the streets or subways for at least a year, afraid to go to shelters. Some take refuge in out-of-the-way spots — including behind The Bronx Zoo.

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Your Pandemic Anniversary: What ‘a Year Later’ Means for These New Yorkers

The reality of the coronavirus crisis sank in at very different moments for many across the city. Here are six New Yorkers’ recollections of when the pandemic began for them.

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Homeless Feel Unwelcome at Gleaming New Moynihan Train Hall as They Stick to Penn Station

With off-limits seating and an overnight shutdown, the $1.6 billion transit space that recently opened in Manhattan puts off homeless New Yorkers. "I know it’s not for me," one man said.

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Subway Ridership Down, But Incidents of People on Tracks on Pace to Top Last Year

Instances of a "person on the roadbed" this year have hit at least 720, according to MTA stats obtained by THE CITY. That’s nearly many as in all of 2019, despite a steep pandemic-driven decline in ridership.

Ahead of Upper West Side Shelter Move, Allies of Homeless Downtown Pull From ‘Open Hearts’ Playbook

While some in Lower Manhattan are fundraising $1M for a lawsuit against the city, "Friends of FiDi" has packed welcome kits for homeless men. The West Siders helping them organize hope the movement spreads.

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Homeless People Sheltering From the Street Secure City Pledge to Fund Hotel Stays

Excluded from government programs providing free rooms for those seeking safety in the pandemic, homeless New Yorkers launched a campaign to have their stays paid for by the public.

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Homeless Shelter Staff Mistakenly Trash Immigrant Athlete’s Wheelchairs

Saheed Adebayo Aare says he was placed in an inaccessible hotel. When he returned to Wards Island, two wheelchairs — including one for tennis — were gone.

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He’s 67, With Renal Disease, an Eviction Case and No Help Finding a Home

For more than a year, Alvin Linton has pleaded for Adult Protective Services to help him avoid joining the growing ranks of 1,400 elderly homeless.

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De Blasio Turns Corner to Put Street Homeless on Fast Track to Homes

Commitment to place 2,000 people in "safe havens" and apartments comes amid resistance to stays in strict and sometimes dangerous shelters.

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Homeless Youth Age Into Adulthood Still Waiting for Housing Aid Promised in 2017

Most young adults must leave youth shelters when they turn 21, yet are still denied promised vouchers to help them pay for their own apartments.

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How Shelter Chaos Drives Many Homeless to Live on Streets and in Subways

NYC’s biggest shelter is plagued by violence — often carried out by repeat offenders who remain in the system, a trove of incident reports reveals.

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Number of Homeless NYC Students Remains Stubbornly High

A tenth of students — about 114,000 kids — in New York City public schools lacked stable housing last school year, according to new data.

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New York’s Most Desperate Caught Up in ‘Crimes of Poverty’

Thousands of people are arrested on petit larceny charges every year in New York City. Their fates can depend on who’s doing the prosecuting.

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Homeless Seek an Elusive Safe Refuge in the Subways

The slayings of four men underscored the fears of vulnerable New Yorkers who avoid city streets and shelters. But life underground is getting tougher.

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Subway Surveillance Cameras Turned Toward the Homeless

The NYPD is monitoring 100 live feeds from a dozen stations around the clock, drawing concerns from homeless and civil liberties advocates.