Christina and her two daughters became homeless last year after Christina's mother passed away. After exhausting all possible housing options, they applied for shelter, but were denied because the City claimed that Christina and her family could live in her sister and brother-in-law's severely overcrowded public housing apartment, despite the fact that New York City Housing Authority rules prohibit such overcrowding.
On her first night without shelter Christina turned to a local church, which let her stay one night in its basement. The next day she came to the Coalition's Crisis Intervention Program. We arranged for a modest hotel room for Christina that night, and our case managers helped her obtain a letter from the Housing Authority verifying that she could not reside with her sister. The Coalition later met with shelter intake office's legal team, and Christina was given a shelter placement.more stories of homeless new yorkers