DHS and Council Member Ritchie Torres Announce Opening of New LGBTQ Shelter
    DHS and Council Member Ritchie Torres announced that a new homeless shelter will be opened in the Bronx to meet the needs of homeless LGBTQ young adults. Some studies estimate that as many as 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Read more
Library of Congress Honors DHS for Shelter Literacy Programs
    The Library of Congress recognized our Library Pilot Project for implementing best practices in literacy promotion, with programs including parent-child reading programs, homework assistance, and support for high school seniors applying for college. Read more
7,000 Fewer New Yorkers in Shelter Than Projected as a Result of de Blasio Admin
    "Our current programs have substantially slowed the rate of growth in homelessness. And we will keep working to strengthen our efforts to prevent homelessness," said Steven Banks, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services. Read more
City and Shelter Providers Clear More Than 26,000 Violations Since 2014

    As part of the effort to improve conditions in homeless shelters, Mayor de Blasio created the Shelter Repair Scorecard to report publicly on the conditions of homeless shelter facilities and track progress made by the expanded repair program to address sub-standard conditions. Read more

More Than 40,000 New Yorkers Exited or Avoided Shelter

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    Since the administration's rental assistance and permanent housing programs began in July 2014, 47,810 New Yorkers in 17,094 households have avoided or exited shelter and are living in permanent housing. Read more

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