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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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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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Video Game-Themed Writing Workshops Draw Homeless Teens Together in a Time of Isolation

Study player one: Bronx shelters team up with industry pros to launch pandemic after-school program offering a precious chance for mentorship.

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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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As Their East Village Church Burned, a Congregation Asked: How Can We Help the Women Next Door?

The Hopper Home women’s shelter shares a wall with the historic Middle Collegiate Church on Second Avenue. After a Dec. 5 fire left 22 residents with almost nothing, church members made sure they got what they needed.

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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.

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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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De Blasio Vows Medical Help for ‘Isolation Hotels’ After Deaths

City plans more "clinic staffing" following the demise of several people believed to be suffering from "mild" cases of COVID-19.

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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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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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Wards Island Homeless Shelter Operator Gets Another Four-Plus Years Despite Troubles

HELP USA is set to run Clarke Thomas facility until mid-2024 under $45 million city pact amid open building code violations, records show.

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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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Shelter Settlement Spawns New Policies to Support Transgender Homeless

A Commission on Human Rights complaint prompted the Department of Homeless Services to rethink how it deals with transgender people.

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Halfway Into Homeless Revamp, Work Lags as Hotel Use Grows

While conversions to permanent housing have helped shrink the number of homeless families, transition to promised 90 new shelters proves slow going.

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State Agency Stalls Open of Billionaires’ Row Homeless Shelter

Even though a court has ruled that a fully functional West 58th Street shelter has the right to open, a state agency is keeping the doors closed.

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A Quiet Welcome for Homeless Women, Blocks from Billionaire’s Row Shelter Site

The 120-bed shelter, to open next to a W. 52nd St. school, gets a "remarkably generous" greeting from local leaders, the facility’s operator says.

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Homeless Families Win Beds on Upper West Side as Judge Tosses Shelter Suit

Opponents of a plan to fully convert a prewar West 94th Street hotel into 110 apartments for the homeless saw their lawsuit dismissed on Monday.

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Judge Tosses Challenge to ‘Billionaires’ Row’ Homeless Shelter

The W. 58th Street men’s facility has been stalled since neighbors sued in July. City Hall plans to build 90 new homeless shelters across the city.