New York's Right to Shelter

Preserving the fundamental right

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State of the Homeless 2023

Compounding Crisis, Failed Responses

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Information and support for asylum seekers or other immigrants who arrived in NYC after March 15, 2022.

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Callahan Under Attack

For over 42 years the Coalition for the Homeless, with our partners at The Legal Aid Society, has zealously defended and successfully expanded the legal Right to Shelter for anyone experiencing homelessness in New York.

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Updates from the Coalition for the Homeless. To see our recent statements, visit our Press Room.

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The Callahan deal is not a victory

Last May, Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul initiated an attack on New York’s legal right to shelter for single adults based upon two faulty premises: first, that the city needed more flexibility in responding to the influx of thousands of…

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It’s June! For many individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, Pride Month is a time for celebrating individualism, self-expression, and identity. But, it is important to remember that for many members of the community, simply being who they are has rendered them precariously housed or…

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Layers of complexity for members of the LGBTQ+ community, experiencing homelessness

A new report shows the number of people who are experiencing homelessness and living on New York City streets continues to go up. Advocates say it’s much easier to track the number of homeless New Yorkers in shelters than those on the street.

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Number of people living on NYC streets on the rise, survey shows. Here's how advocates are trying to help

The city’s annual estimate for its unsheltered homeless population—conducted each winter in an effort to track the number of New Yorkers sleeping on the streets and other public spaces—inched up to a near-record high this year, according to data released Thursday.

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City’s Yearly Street Homeless Estimate Climbs to 2nd Highest Number on Record

An annual count by the city found more than 4,100 people sleeping on streets and in subways. It was the most since the city began keeping track nearly two decades ago.

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Number of People Living on New York City Streets Hits a Two-Decade High

La ciudad de Nueva York ha intensificado sus esfuerzos el miércoles para reubicar a los migrantes que residen en sus abarrotados albergues. Han comenzado a aplicar una nueva regulación que limita la estadía de algunos solicitantes de asilo adultos a un mes en el sistema, tras lo cual deben buscar alojamiento por sí mismos.

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En Nueva York, Comienzan A Desalojar A Migrantes de Albergues

Mayor of New York City Eric Adams is facing negative opinions about his housing and homelessness record, which threatens his overall standing with New Yorkers.

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Eric Adams Has One Big Problem

On Thursday, May 16th, the Coalition for the Homeless Junior Board hosted the 2nd annual Summer Soirée which, thanks to the generosity and compassion of our guests, raised over $40,000…

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2024 Summer Soirée welcomes over 100 compassionate New Yorkers for an evening of connection and charity, raising over $40,000

Adult migrants without children seeking to extend their shelter stays will now need to prove they meet one of several “extenuating circumstances” to qualify for a bed beyond initial 30- or 60-day stints

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City Starts Assessing ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ for Migrants Seeking More Shelter Time

Meet Dorian. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dorian moved to New York when she was 11 and that’s when life really began. After facing many tragic adversities including a violent ex-partner, homelessness and unemployment, Dorian found the Coalition for the Homeless’ First Step Job Training Program and…

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Dorian's Story | First Step Graduate