City Starts Enforcing Stricter Re-Sheltering Rules for Adult Migrants, As Advocates Stand Guard
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by Daniel Parra
3d ago
“For people who are receiving denials, but are accessing legal services, they’re going to be able to have some kind of advocacy,” said Deborah Berkman, supervising attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group. “Without legal services, it seems almost impossible.”  Adi Talwar Migrants waiting in line in front of the city’s “Reticketing Center” in the East Village on May 22, 2024. The city began rolling out stricter rules for migrant shelter reapplications this week, which make it tougher for adults without children to earn more time. The changes are part of a legal settlement reached in M ..read more
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Opinion: Free NYC’s Block Parties from Suffocating Red Tape
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by Jackson Chabot, Elana Ehrenberg and Rebecca Macklis
4d ago
“As warm weather returns and the summer approaches, we are reminded that the streets, sidewalks, parks, and plazas of New York City are our civic commons. New Yorkers should be able to dance in the streets, sidewalks, and curbs if they want to.” Courtesy of the authors CityViews are readers’ opinions, not those of City Limits. Add your voice today! Block parties are an iconic New York City experience. They bring communities together, give kids space to run and play—they even birthed hip hop! Yet, New York City has made it so difficult to get a permit that it is now nearly impossible to plan o ..read more
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NY Assembly Could Stall ‘Polluters Pay’ Bill For Second Year in a Row
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by Mariana Simões
4d ago
The Climate Change Superfund Act is in the spotlight now that a similar law passed in Vermont’s legislature, putting pressure on the Assembly to get New York’s version across the finish line before session ends in early June. Ayman Siam/Office of NYC Comptroller Climate activists with NYPIRG and Food & Watch Watch rallying for the bill with City Comptroller Brad Lander in December 2023. The NY Heat Act isn’t the only big ticket climate bill that environmental groups are pushing lawmakers to pass before the legislative session comes to an end in early June. The Climate Change Superfund Ac ..read more
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Will NYC Make it Easier to Find a Home After Jail? 
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by Emma Whitford
4d ago
Funding sought in this year’s budget, alongside updated eligibility criteria, could increase housing options for New Yorkers cycling between jail and shelter.  Gerard Romo/NYC Council media Unit Advocates rallying ahead of the Department of Correction’s executive budget hearing May 17. An effort to increase housing options for New Yorkers cycling between jail and city shelters has stalled for more than three years—an impasse the City Council and criminal justice advocates hope to break in the impending city budget.  Meanwhile, a tweak to housing eligibility rules would open up an ev ..read more
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Opinion: Bias Fuels Source of Income Discrimination
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by Fred Freiberg
5d ago
“…much of the documented illegal discrimination is based on fears, bias, and stereotypes about the people who possess the rental subsidies and has less to do with the structure of the subsidy programs.” NYC Commission on Human Rights A poster aimed at curbing housing discrimination. CityViews are readers’ opinions, not those of City Limits. Add your voice today! Neil Garfinkel, counsel for the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), penned an op-ed in March and made the mendacious assertion that poorly run subsidy programs are the “main cause” for the harm inflicted on subsidy holders who enco ..read more
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NYCHA to Reopen Section 8 Waitlist After 15 Years. Here’s How to Apply
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by Tatyana Turner
5d ago
In a rare move, NYCHA is reopening the waitlist for a rental assistance program that has helped tens of thousands of New Yorkers afford apartments. Adi Talwar Apartment buildings in Manhattan. After a nearly 15-year closure, the New York City Housing Authority will reopen the Section 8 waitlist on June 3, giving New Yorkers across 200,000 households a fresh shot at a coveted, federally-backed rental voucher. Mayor Eric Adams first teased the move during his State of the City address back in January. Launched in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Sec ..read more
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Contract Deal Poised to End Months-Long Legal Worker Strike
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by Emma Whitford
6d ago
Over 100 unionized workers at Mobilization for Justice could return to work as soon as Wednesday morning, members said.  Adi Talwar Tara Joy, Housing Intake Specialist at Mobilization for Justice, leading chants while picketing in February. Over 100 attorneys, paralegals and support staff with the nonprofit legal services provider Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) are expected to return to work as soon as Wednesday, ending a 13-week strike that secured wins including a $60,000 salary floor for non-lawyers.  A majority of participating union members, 72 percent, voted Monday to ratify m ..read more
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Alcaldía empieza a evaluar “circunstancias atenuantes” de migrantes que piden más tiempo en refugios
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by Daniel Parra
6d ago
Los inmigrantes adultos sin hijos que deseen prolongar su estancia en un refugio deberán demostrar que reúnen una de varias “circunstancias atenuantes” para poder optar por una cama más allá de los 30 o 60 días iniciales. Emma Whitford El antiguo edificio de la escuela St. Brigid, cerca de Tompkins Square Park, funciona desde el año pasado como Centro de remisión de pasajes para inmigrantes y solicitantes de asilo (Reticketing Center) gestionado por la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias de la ciudad (NYCEM por sus siglas en inglés).  Este artículo se publicó originalmente en inglés el ..read more
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Council Pushes for More Housing Funds As City Budget Negotiations Enter Final Weeks
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by Chris Janaro
6d ago
The City Council is pushing for an additional $3.66 billion for affordable housing over the next five years, building on the $10.5 billion the mayor earmarked in his executive budget in April. Ayman Siam/Office of NYC Comptroller The Council’s Progressive Caucus, along with the city comptroller and public advocate, announced the “Homes Now, Homes for Generations” campaign in March to push for more housing funding. The City Council isn’t giving up on its demand for additional housing funds in the city’s next budget—a boost its members say would preserve or build an extra 60,000 affordable home ..read more
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Opinion: New Yorkers Most in Need Were Left Behind By State Budget
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by Dominique C. Atchison
1w ago
“Once again, the needs of the poor have been especially shut out of the state’s moral conscience, with our government refusing to include an increase to cash assistance grants in the budget.” Adi Talwar A since-shuttered public benefits office in the Bronx. CityViews are readers’ opinions, not those of City Limits. Add your voice today! The New York State Budget for Fiscal Year 2025 arrives as New Yorkers across all incomes are struggling to afford necessities like rent, food, and childcare. Once again, the needs of the poor have been especially shut out of the state’s moral conscience, with ..read more
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