Housing Experts Discuss Housing MOU

Back in April, Governor Cuomo directed $2 billion in funding for the creation of more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing. He did this through a memorandum of understanding. But, today, that MOU is at a standstill. Father Stephen Mimnaugh, Laura Mascuch of the Supportive Housing Network and Reverend Emily McNeil of the Labor-Religion Coalition discuss.

Where to Volunteer in NYC

The holiday season is the time of year when seeing friends and family is hard to avoid. We also find ourselves with more vacation days during these winter months. However, even though these two holiday realities suggest cheer and relaxation, they don’t always mean we’re taking the necessary time to slow down and appreciate what really matters. Instead of just eating and drinking your way through the next six weeks, why not harness the holiday spirit and take a pause to help your fellow New Yorkers in need? There are hundreds of opportunities to volunteer from now through the New Year, and the list we’ve compiled below is a good place to start.

A Bronx Librarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books

Colbert Nembhard looked more like a traveling salesman than a librarian in his dark suit with his rolling suitcase on a recent Wednesday morning in the Bronx.

He had strolled 10 minutes to the Crotona Inn homeless shelter from the Morrisania Branch Library, where he has been the manager for 25 years. As he dug through the dozens of books stuffed inside the suitcase, an announcement crackled over the intercom inside the shelter, where 87 families live: “Mr. Nembhard is here to read stories and sing songs to your children.”

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