New York's Right to Shelter

Preserving the fundamental right

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State of the Homeless 2023

Compounding Crisis, Failed Responses

Every New Yorker Deserves a Home.

We can not only reduce, but eliminate, homelessness in New York City.

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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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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

Six months from now, more than 100 million Americans will cast their vote in the general election, but hundreds of thousands of people experiencing homelessness may not get the chance to exercise that right due to socioeconomic barriers…

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The Potential Voters Everyone Forgets

The number of homeless New Yorkers moving into city public housing under the Adams administration has dropped to the lowest number in a decade, even as the volume of empty New York City Housing Authority apartments continues to rise, a Gothamist analysis shows.

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Fewest shelter residents moving into NYCHA buildings in 10 years while vacancies soar

Each Spring, the Coalition for the Homeless welcomes leading professionals from across New York City to the Women Mean Business Luncheon to be inspired and learn about our First Step Job Training Program and its amazing graduates. On Thursday April 18, more than 300 people joined us in The Plaza Ballroom to celebrate the 28th annual event.

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The 28th annual Women Mean Business Luncheon raised $500,000 for the First Step Job Training Program.

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Suit seeks enactment of CityFHEPS reform passed into law by Council override of Adams’ veto. Legislation would remove barriers to housing vouchers, preventing tens of thousands of New Yorkers from becoming homeless while saving the City thousands of dollars per household each month.

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Advocates Seek to File Amicus Brief Over City’s Failure to Implement Legislative Reform of CityFHEPS

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With homelessness at an all-time high, the Governor and Legislature’s budget puts more money in the pockets of real estate moguls and does nothing for low-income New Yorkers.

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Coalition for the Homeless Denounces State Budget Deal that Fails to Address Mass Homelessness

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

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City Hall says it has not yet begun implementing assessments of the “extenuating circumstances” that could earn newly arrived immigrants an extended shelter stay—while some seeking another placement continue to sleep on the floor of…

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Migrants Reapplying for Shelter Still Face Waits, Lack of Beds Despite New Settlement Rules

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A resource for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who may be experiencing homelessness in New York City.

Transgender and Homeless Resources