State of the Homeless 2023

Our annual report provides a comprehensive look at the causes of – and solutions to – homelessness in New York.

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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.

The Latest

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 shameful revised application would go far beyond limiting its obligation to provide some form of emergency shelter to asylum seekers and other new arrivals…

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Joint Statement from Legal Aid, Coalition for the Homeless on Mayor Adams’ Revised Application to Gut Right to Shelter Protections

Dozens of recently arrived African migrants are pictured outside the Roosevelt Hotel early on Sept. 26 Luiz C. Ribeiro—NY Daily News/Getty Images

At a former New York City high school converted into a shelter for migrants, washed jeans hang to dry on a fence and hateful messages blare from protesters wielding a loudspeaker: “Wake up, wake up, wake up…

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New York City Migrants Worry as Deadlines Approach to Leave Shelters

A Manhattan judge overseeing the city’s right-to-shelter case recused herself from the matter Tuesday over concerns about her impartiality — a move that came as lawyers for Mayor Adams forged ahead with a push to suspend the decades-old shelter mandate…

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Judge on right-to-shelter case recuses herself as Adams admin plans to modify suspension request

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People who receive rental vouchers from New York City will now be able to use those benefits throughout the state under an unprecedented new policy Mayor Adams unveiled Tuesday morning…

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City-funded rent vouchers can now be used outside NYC under new Mayor Adams rule

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What to look for and ask about in the week ahead in the City’s and State’s efforts to manage New York’s crisis of increasing homelessness and the influx of new arrivals…

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Weekly Radar

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Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams are more aligned than ever ahead of a court hearing Tuesday on the city’s right-to-shelter provision…

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Adams, Hochul agree on this one