Policy Briefs Archive

Coalition for the Homeless policy briefs from the past year can be found here.

Number of Homeless NYC Families at Highest Point Since Modern Homelessness Began (pdf)

December 23, 2008 -- The Bloomberg administration has outlined a plan to reduce emergency shelter and other services for street homeless individuals, making it more difficult to get help at a time when the number of homeless New Yorkers is on the rise.

Governor Paterson's Proposed State Budget Cuts Threaten to Harm Homeless New Yorkers (pdf)

December 23, 2008 -- The Governor proposes more than $11 million in cutbacks to homelessness prevention, housing, and other vital services.

The Bloomberg Administration Moves Forward to Reduce Emergency Shelter for Street Homeless New Yorkers (pdf)

December 15, 2008 -- The Bloomberg administration has outlined a plan to reduce emergency shelter and other services for street homeless individuals, making it more difficult to get help at a time when the number of homeless New Yorkers is on the rise.

New Homeless NYC Families At Record High (pdf)

October 29, 2008 -- Coalition for the Homeless released a briefing paper showing that 1,464 newly homeless families entered the New York City shelter system in September, an all-time record high.

Off Target: A Progress Report on Mayor Bloomberg's Five-Year Homeless Plan (pdf)

June 23, 2008 -- On the fourth anniversary, this brief assessment of Mayor Bloomberg's five-year homeless plan finds the City far behind its targets for reducing New York City homelessness.

The Bloomberg Administration's Misguided Plan to Move the Homeless Men's Intake Center Out of Manhattan (pdf)

June 24, 2008 -- Coalition for the Homeless has released a detailed analysis of the Bloomberg administration's misguided plan to move New York City's only homeless men's intake center from midtown Manhattan, where most street homelessness is concentrated, to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

No Advantage: The Bloomberg Administration's Flawed Approach to Family Homelessness (pdf)

July 20, 2007 -- Mayor Bloomberg's response to the family homelessness crisis was to replace one flawed rent subsidy program, "Housing Stability Plus," with another, equally-flawed program called "Work Advantage." This briefing paper details the problems with the new program and the Bloomberg administration's flawed approach to family homelessness.

Reforming New York City's Rent Subsidy Program for Homeless Families (pdf)

February 7, 2007 -- This briefing paper summarizes research that should inform efforts by the Bloomberg administration to reform its flawed homeless rent subsidy programs.

The "New York/New York III Agreement": A Significant First Step (pdf)

January 31, 2006 -- The renewed agreement is a significant first step in expanding supportive housing resources for homeless New Yorkers, but still fails fully to address the need.

The Bloomberg Administration's Discriminatory Policy of Denying Shelter to Homeless Domestic Partners (pdf)

March 23, 2005 -- The Bloomberg administration's policies deny shelter to homeless couples who have registered as domestic partners.

Closing the Shelter Door: Mayor Bloomberg's Plan to Deny Shelter to Homeless Families (pdf)

December 20, 2004 -- Threatening a fundamental protection for vulnerable children and families, Mayor Bloomberg plans to deny shelter to many homeless families.

Mayor Bloomberg's Flawed "Housing Stability Plus" Program: A Reform Plan (pdf)

November 2004 -- The Bloomberg administration's flawed "Housing Stability Plus" program requires significant reforms.

The Bush Administration's Attack on Housing Assistance (pdf)

July 2004 -- President Bush has proposed the most dramatic cutbacks in Federal housing programs in more than two decades.

Undercounting the Homeless (pdf)

May 2004 -- A comprehensive critical analysis of the City's annual "estimate" of the number of street homeless New Yorkers.

War and Homelessness (pdf)

March 2003 -- Wars throughout American history have caused homelessness among armed forces veterans, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will create a new generation of homeless veterans.

Supportive Housing: A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce the Homeless Population (pdf)

April 2002 -- An analysis of how supportive housing reduces homelessness and saves taxpayer dollars.

 

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