Enhancing Food Assistance During the Economic Downturn

The front page of Sunday’s New York Times was a stark reminder of the harsh impact of the current economic downturn: One in eight Americans now uses Food Stamps to supplement their food budget, and the number of Food Stamps recipients is rising rapidl ..Read More

A Stark Reminder of the Danger of Illegal Boarding Houses

Two weeks ago, as reported in the New York Times, four men died in two separate fires in Queens and Brooklyn in homes that had been illegally converted to an occupancy much higher than legally allowed. In today’s paper, a follow-up article reiterated ..Read More

Hunger on the Rise in the United States

An alarming new report from the Federal government shows that hunger is on the rise across the United States. As the New York Times reported this week, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows: “The number of Americans who lived in households ..Read More

Housing as a Human Right

Last month, the United Nations assigned an official “rapporteur” to the task of investigating affordable housing in several United States cities, including New York, to see if the lack of affordable housing constituted a human rights violation. M ..Read More

More Bad News for Street Homeless New Yorkers

Following the past year’s cutbacks in drop-in centers and other services for homeless New Yorkers sleeping on the streets, Bloomberg administration officials recently announced plans to close the largest drop-in center in the city — and made it cle ..Read More