New York's Right to Shelter

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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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Homeless New Yorkers are spending fewer days in city-run shelters on average than in the last decade, an analysis by Gothamist shows. Families with children and adult families residing in Department of Homeless Services shelters saw the sharpest declines…

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Average stays in NYC homeless shelters are the shortest in a decade due to migrants

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On June 28th, the US Supreme Court overturned a critical legal protection for homeless individuals, thus allowing localities to criminalize unhoused people for having no place to sleep at night. In a 6–3 decision, the Supreme Court determined that the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, did not violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment” when…

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Today’s Read: What the Supreme Court Doesn’t Get About Homelessness

Mirwais Ahmadi said after 11 months in the New York City shelter system, his family is one of the fortunate ones…

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Critics say state program designed to move migrant families out of city falls short of its goals

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“If communities don’t want to see people sleeping in public spaces, they need to provide affordable housing for all who need it – and at very minimum, enough decent, safe and accessible temporary shelter beds so that people without homes have a reasonable alternative to bedding down on the streets and in parks…’

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Coalition For The Homeless Responds to SCOTUS Grants Pass v. Johnson Decision

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

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