New York City investigators say decrepit and dangerous conditions and poor enforcement have been rampant in shelters that house nearly 12,000 homeless families with children.
As parents began their back-to-school shopping, countless families were in need of donations as they lacked the money to buy school supplies.
Residents in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn say they’ve endured months of house-shaking construction related to the construction of a nearly 200-bed homeless shelter on East 45th Street.
Inspectors have long warned that the Auburn Family Residence in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and the Catherine Street shelter in Lower Manhattan were unfit for children.
The New York State Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down a city plan for tight restrictions on people trying to enter homeless shelters.
The Federal Emergency Management Administration will end its funding Monday for New York City residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy to stay in hotels.
Many students will be heading back to school Monday, but that is not possible in places where school buildings have been serving as shelters for people who have been left homeless.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City has made its homeless shelters so “much more pleasurable” that there’s less pressure for people to leave.
This harsh winter has created a greater need for emergency shelters on Long Island.