Advocates for the homeless say the governor and Legislature don’t need to call a special session to free up more money to help create more housing for those in need. They say political leaders could simply sign an already printed memorandum of understanding and start helping people now.
Kevin O’Connor, director of Joseph’s House in Troy, read the names of homeless clients who have passed away in the past year – people he said died too young.
The windows and walls at Manhattan’s Drisha Institute for Jewish Education were lined last night with large sheets of paper covered with 143 names, each the name of a homeless person who died in NYC this year.
For the past five years, the homeless service agencies Care for the Homeless and Urban Pathways have organized New York City’s Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, part of a nationwide event that commemorates the deaths of individuals who were homeless. The event is held in cities across the country on the winter solstice—the longest night of the year.
Monday night was a bitter 24-degress, the coldest night so far of this winter season, and yet Paul Fitzgerald, Nime LaFauci and Mick Galvan were still driving around the Bronx, delivering food to people in need.
“We fed about 200 people, tonight, that’s about average,” Mr. Fitzgerald, who has worked with the Coalition for the Homeless for five years, said. “We had meatball soup, bread, milk, juice.”