If New York's legal Right to Shelter is dismantled...

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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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We must keep N.Y.’s right to shelter: 42 years after the agreement, the compact has to be maintained

In the late 1970s, Robert Callahan slept on the streets of the Bowery. He was destitute and lived with substance abuse, which made it difficult for him to secure and maintain permanent housing…

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The city’s housing vacancy rate plunged to 1.41 percent in 2023, the lowest it has been since 1968, officials announced Thursday. Options were particularly scarce for low-income New Yorkers: just 0.39 percent of units renting for under $1,100 were available last year.

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‘Profound Scarcity’: Apartments Available to NYC Renters Hit Historic Low Last Year

This year, the Coalition for the Homeless remembers Philip A. Payton Jr., a real estate entrepreneur, who was committed to breaking down racial barriers in the New York housing sector.

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Remembering Philip A. Payton Jr. – the “Father of Harlem” and his lasting legacy in New York City

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On January 31, 2024, Columbia University Professor and Coalition co-founder Kim Hopper PhD delivered a keynote speech at the January 31, 2024 UPSTREAM: Frontline Solutions to Homelessness symposium. These are his remarks.

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“A muddle that works…” Remarks About the Legacy of Callahan

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It’s the dead of winter in New York City and shelter evictions for asylum seekers and other new arrivals are well and truly underway. After 30 days, single adults are expected to pack up their few precious things and get going…

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With beds scarce and winter bearing down, a tent camp grows outside NYC’s largest migrant shelter

NEW YORK (AP) — On any given night, some 3,000 migrants sleep on cots lined up inside huge, heated tents on a small island with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline…

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With beds scarce and winter bearing down, a tent camp grows outside NYC’s largest migrant shelter

Since 1985, the Grand Central Food Program (GCFP) has been serving the hungry and homeless communities of New York City. And nothing stops our dedicated volunteers even in the winter months. Through snowfall, chilly nights, icy winds or freezing temperatures, 365 days a year, you will always find the Coalition for the Homeless vans out on the streets of our city.

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Biting winter temperatures will not stop the Grand Central Food Program from serving our hungry neighbors in New York City

Nearly 2,000 asylum-seekers were bused to a Brooklyn high school to ride out the storm, drawing complaints from some parents, politicians and immigration advocates.

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NYC decision to move migrants from tent shelter to a school amid storm draws fire

As New York City faced a worsening homelessness crisis in recent years, officials repeatedly sought to hide the reality on the ground, according to a city investigation released on Tuesday.

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New York City Hid Realities of Homelessness Crisis, Report Finds

New York City residents overwhelmingly say they support the right-to-shelter mandate requiring the city to provide shelter to anyone in need, according to a new poll.

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Nearly 80% of New Yorkers back right to shelter, poll finds

Today the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), elected officials, education allies, asylum seeking families, and immigrant New Yorkers.

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Leaders, Advocates Unite Against Asylum Shelter Evictions Before Adams Displaces Families

As we come to the end of our 2023 Holiday Toy Drive, we want to offer our supporters our deepest gratitude. Thanks to their generosity, this year we are now distributing nearly 10,000 toys to children in New York City shelters

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Nearly 10,000 Toys Delivered this Holiday Season!

The city became somewhat of a haven for the homeless decades ago through court-ordered consent decree. For all intents and purposes that era is over…

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New York’s ‘Right to Shelter’ No Longer Exists for Thousands of Migrants

Not long ago, advocates for those experiencing homelessness could point to two places in the United States that, for decades, have served as beacons of a more progressive and humane approach to homelessness…

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In New York and Massachusetts, Right to Shelter Is Under Attack

The Coalition for the Homeless has launched a new ad campaign showing the tent cities that may soon appear in New York City public spaces if Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul succeed in gutting the legal Right to Shelter…

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New Ad Narrated by Richard Gere Warns of Tent Cities in New York City if Right to Shelter Dismantled

NEW YORK (WABC) — Lawmakers and advocates for the homeless turned out for a rally in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday to defend the Right to Shelter law

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Lawmakers, advocates for homeless rally to defend Right to Shelter law in NYC

On Tuesday, December 5, 2023 the Coalition for the Homeless, Legal Aid Society, Win, Episcopal Diocese of New York, Housing Justice For All, and other partner organizations and members of the NY SANE coalition, rallied and marched to demand…

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Rally for the Right to Shelter: Listen to the people’s will! We don’t want no Hochulvilles!

The NY SANE coalition, representing hundreds of housing and tenant organizations, labor unions, faith groups, advocates, service providers, and other organizations throughout New York State – today joined in action to hold two major rallies in New York City and Albany in support of the legal Right to Shelter.

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NY SANE, Coalition for the Homeless, The Legal Aid Society, Win, Housing Justice for All, Host Rallies in NYC and Albany to Save Legal Right to Shelter

Behind Acts of Violence, Years of Mistakes” (front page, Nov. 21) effectively underscores the decades of neglect, underfunding and mismanagement that have made New York’s mental health system such a resounding failure for so many people in our city…

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Helping Homeless People Who Are Mentally Ill

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“Denying new arrivals shelter has resulted in dozens of people sleeping on sidewalks awaiting placement and exposed to 20-degree weather, an egregious breach of the City’s legal and moral obligation to provide shelter in a timely fashion to anyone in need…

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Joint Statement from Legal Aid, Coalition for the Homeless in Response to the City Failing to Ensure Shelter for New Arrivals

On Thursday, November 16, 2023, ARTWALK NY returned for the first time in four years. It was a stunning night packed to the rafters with friends and supporters of the Coalition for the Homeless. This year’s event was held…

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ARTWALK NY Returns after Four Years – Over $500,000 Raised for the Coalition for the Homeless

The grandchildren of the original architects of the New Deal wrote an impassioned letter to Governor Kathy Hochul calling on her to honor the legacy and values championed by their grandparents by refraining from eroding New York’s legal Right to Shelter…

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Descendants of the New Deal Architects Advocate for the Protection of the Right to Shelter in Powerful Letter to Governor Hochul

Migrant families notified they have 60 days to leave the city’s shelter system say they’re worried their children’s education will be upended as they seek a roof over their heads just as schools break for Christmas…

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Migrant students face schooling uncertainty as NYC gives families 60 days to exit shelter