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Homeless Youth Finally Get Rent Help, But Aid Could be Fleeting

Young people won’t have to automatically go to an adult shelter to become eligible for permanent housing help, thanks to new city and federal new direct rental assistance. But the first-come, first-served efforts are limited.

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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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De Blasio’s Promised Rent Help for Homeless Youth Takes a Detour

Officials agreed to route young people to live in adult shelters in order to obtain vouchers for permanent housing — even after the mayor promised direct access to help, document obtained by THE CITY shows.

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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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Man’s Amazing Journey to Amazon Made Smoother Thanks to Public and Private Help

Saheed Adebayo Aare has received salvation from his hellish commute by way of a new position with the online retailer in the city and a bumpy ride to a more convenient homeless shelter.

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Washington Heights Armory on Defense Over Who Gets to Use Space

The Fort Washington Avenue Armory, currently a vaccination site, has some of the most coveted public space in Upper Manhattan. But some locals say the nonprofit running the building doesn’t offer equitable access.

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City ‘Failing’ to Protect Homeless in Shelters and Hotels During Pandemic, Lawsuit Demanding Solo Rooms Alleges

A case filed by Legal Aid late Thursday seeks to mandate single-occupancy hotel rooms for single adult homeless New Yorkers for the duration of the crisis.

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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A Life in Limbo for Homeless Families at Mercy of City’s Moving Whims

Harmonia Hotel resident Mike Bonano has used a rented U-Haul to help neighbors cope with Mayor de Blasio’s whiplash decisions on shelters. Bonano and his wife have been forced to move three times in as many years.

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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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Subway Homeless Outreach Group Gets New $68M City Deal Despite Doubts About Its Success

Bowery Residents’ Committee work on behalf of the Department of Homeless Services and MTA to coax people into shelter comes under scrutiny by state officials.

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

While the city won’t give infection and death numbers for specific facilities, our analysis shows that some shelters are getting hit harder than others.

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NYC Shuttles Homeless Men from Subway to Packed Shelter

Amid the overnight train shutdown, caravans take men to Manhattan’s notorious 30th St. Shelter where social distancing to stop coronavirus is elusive.

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How Homeless With ‘Mild’ COVID Symptoms Died on City’s Watch

At least four in the homeless system unexpectedly succumbed to the virus this month after being isolated in shelters or hotels, THE CITY has learned.

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Isolation Hotel Referrals Add to Strains of Overwhelmed Hospital ERs

De Blasio announces free rooms for safe recovery for those living in close quarters, but doctors say signing up so far has been dangerously difficult.

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Cast Adrift by the Virus, the Newly Homeless Seek a Place to Recover

Ejection of people with COVID-19 into the streets echoes 1980s AIDS crisis, advocates say. Meanwhile, the city struggles to find them space to heal.

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Too Close for Comfort Inside NYC’s Biggest Homeless Shelter

Coronavirus cases grow in shelters across the city where most guards still don’t have masks. The 30th Street Men’s Shelter offers a troubling picture.

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No Virus Tracking for Homeless People on Streets and Subways

Four people who live outside of shelters tested positive for coronavirus after visiting drop-in centers. But no one is keeping tabs on 3,200 others.

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City Shuttles Homeless and Other Virus Patients to Hotels

Officials line up 500 rooms to isolate shelter residents and public hospital patients with nowhere to go. But hotel workers won’t get masks.

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NYC Hospitals Send Homeless Who Have Coronavirus to Shelters

At least one person who tested positive has been funneled to the city shelter system amid spiking cases and scramble to create more isolation spaces.