Our team spent two years listening to homeless New Yorkers.
This website aims to summarize our findings and push forward sensible reforms that we developed alongside our homeless neighbors.
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Sleeping on the streets rather than the shelters is often a rational choice that people make
NYC mandates people be "sighted" three times, in their sleep spot, at random, before being offered an outreach case manager
NYC mandates people live outside for nine months before they can be placed into transitional or permanent housing
Many street homeless New Yorkers eventually move into a safe haven, generally considered a better option than traditional shelters
Securing necessary identification can add months to an already lengthy and bureaucratic process
With a scarce supply of housing, New York rations its supportive housing for those who they deem "most vulnerable"
Contrary to the city’s rhetoric, street homeless people want to move into housing, but the demand far exceeds the supply
Applying for and being accepted to housing does not guarantee a swift and timely move in