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The Brink of Courage for New York Families in the Bronx

August 29, 2016

The Brink of Courage for New York Families in the Bronx

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

“It didn’t eliminate the lack of affordable housing. It didn’t eliminate poverty. It didn’t eliminate domestic violence.”

STEVEN BANKS, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services overseeing homeless services, on a 1999 order meant to keep families with children from sleeping at an intake center in the Bronx.

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Because of city rules, families are not allowed to spend the night at the PATH center. To get around this rule, the city loads them onto buses and takes them to hotels or shelters, then brings them back, exhausted, a few hours later.

Long Nights With Little Sleep for Homeless Families Seeking Shelter

By NIKITA STEWART

As the number of homeless people rises, a 1999 order meant to keep families with children from sleeping at an intake center in the Bronx forces many of them to forgo any rest at all.

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