New York conducts homeless count, critics say it’s flawed

New York City, like other major U.S. cities, uses a count of people living on its streets and alleys, parks and subways to estimate program needs, allocate resources and educate the public on issues facing the poorest residents. The tally is also critical for accessing federal funding to tackle homelessness. Critics say it grossly undercounts…

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De Blasio will unveil plan to end veteran homelessness

“There’s a moral obligation to serve those who have served us,” said Loree Sutton, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. “We are committed to solving the homelessness crisis (and) we are prioritizing veterans and their families.” The city will begin giving veterans first preference for affordable housing units offered to the homeless. They’ll also…

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Cities Scramble To Shelter Homeless From Blizzard on East Coast

Public officials and charity volunteers scrambled to bring thousands of homeless people in out of the storm Monday night in New York City, Boston, and smaller, harder-hit inland cities around New England. It doesn’t take a big storm for winter to kill homeless individuals. Hypothermia can set in at temperatures well above freezing, and many cities don’t…

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No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities

This report documents the increasing criminalization of homelessness in the United States, focusing on municipal laws banning sleeping and storing personal possessions in public areas, “camping,” begging, loitering and even feeding homeless persons. It points out that not only do these laws not address the causes or promote programs to end homelessness, they are in…

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Shanty Towns

Shanty towns, built by the homeless during the Great Depression, were popularly named Hooverville’s, after blame for the nation’s depression was placed squarely on the shoulders of President Herbert Hoover. The term tent city is used to describe a variety of temporary housing facilities that often use tents. Authorized and unauthorized tent cities, created by…

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Banning Homeless Camps Just Disperses The Issue

Huffington Post (December 24, 2014)  Across the United States, local governments are moving to prevent outdoor camping by the homeless, according to advocates for the nation’s nearly 600,000 homeless, estimated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development … Over a third of U.S. cities impose cit

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