World’s Richest Person Creates $2 Billion Fund To Help Homeless

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, who is said to currently be the world’s richest person, has reportedly created a $2 billion fund to help homeless families.

According to Bloomberg News: “The Bezos Day One Fund will focus on two initiatives…The first will fund existing nonprofits and issue annual awards to organizations doing ‘compassionate, needle-moving work’ to shelter and support the immediate needs of young families. The second will operate a network of high-quality, full-scholarship Montessori-inspired preschools.”

According to Inc., Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $163 billion. He is Amazon’s largest stockholder, owing 16% of the company’s shares, and the owner of The Washington Post.

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A Federal Court Rules That It Could Be A Constitutional Violation To Arrest Homeless For Sleeping Outdoors

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This week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled that prosecuting homeless people for sleeping outside might be a violation of the United States Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which bars cruel and unusual punishment.

According to U.S. News, the Portland, Oregon- based appeals court stated that when homeless shelters had too few beds, “sitting, lying and sleeping on the streets was an ‘unavoidable consequence’ of homelessness, and it would be an Eighth Amendment violation for cities to punish that conduct when their shelters had too few beds.”

The court also stated that : “As long as there is no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors, on public property, on the false premise they had a choice in the matter.”

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HUD Sues Facebook For Discriminatory Housing Ads

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a legal complaint against Facebook stating that the social media network allows landlords and home brokers to place ads on their site based on “gender, disability, religion, and physical location.” [SOURCE: Newsy]

HUD states that this is violation of The Fair Housing Act, which “prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status.”

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NYCHA’s Lead Poisoning Lawsuit, Including City Officials, Moves Forward

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Earlier this week, a Manhattan federal judge decided that Mayor de Blasio will not be disjoined from a lawsuit concerning lead-paint poisoning of residents of New York City’s public housing. According to the New York Post: “Judge William Pauley ruled that de Blasio must face the suit alleging that NYCHA poisoned children through repeated failures to fix dangerous lead-paint conditions in its apartments- and then lied to federal regulators about required inspections.”

The New York Post also states that the other defendants in the lawsuit include: NYC’s deputy mayors, the former New York City Public Housing’s Chairwoman, who resigned in 2017 due to the lead-paint cover-up fiasco, and other city officials and ex-NYCHA employees.

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New York Public Library Patrons Can Now Borrow Business Attire Accessories

NYPL LogoThe Riverdale branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL), located on the city’s Upper West Side, now has a collection of business attire accessories available for patrons. The library has handbags, ties, and briefcases available for library cardholders to checkout.

According to Time Out Magazine, the collection of accessories is part of the library’s Grow Up initiative, funded via NYPL’s Innovation Project. The intention of the project is to provide New Yorkers the free use of accessories that can be worn during business interviews or special events. This initiative is aimed to assist people who may not have access to such items.

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Are there truly 3 Vacant NYC Apartments For Every Homeless New Yorker?

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A congressional New York candidate recently tweeted the following about New York City: “For every one person experiencing homelessness here, there are about three vacant apartments.” The website Politifact decided to explore this statement and research its veracity. They found that the statement was pretty close to being accurate.

According to Politifact, there are approximately 63,000 homeless people in New York City; this number breaks down to about 32,000 households. The news source also states the following statistics from a 2017 Housing and Vacancy Survey:

Total rental units= 2,183,064
Occupied= 2,103,874
Vacant (available)= 79,190
Vacant units (not available for sale or rent)= 247,977
Held for occasional, seasonal, or recreational use= 74,945
Sold (not yet occupied)= 11,156
Undergoing renovation= 58,347
Awaiting renovation= 20,283
In legal dispute= 9,626
Held pending sale of building= 5,886
Owner’s personal problems (age, illness, etc.)
Held for other reasons= 27,009

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Former NYC Press Secretary Is Now Formerly Homeless

This week, the New York Daily News reported that Mr. Sherman Jackson has officially exited the New York City homeless shelter system. After over a year in the system, he is now, reportedly, the resident of a Brooklyn-located studio apartment.

This is great news!! I’ve been following Mr. Jackson’s story in the press. I’m so happy to hear that he now has a safe place to live. No one deserves to live under the horrendous NYC shelter conditions.

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Formerly Homeless: Suze Orman

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Well-renowned financial guru, Suze Orman went through a period of homelessness during her young adulthood.

In her book, “The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, and Broke,” she recounts: “As I write this section, I am sitting in my south Florida home, staring out at the Atlantic Ocean. yet what keeps popping into my mind is the Ford Ecoline van I lived in when I first arrived in Berkeley, California, in the mid-1970s. Yes, yours truly lived in a van because I couldn’t afford to rent an apartment, or even a room. I couldn’t even afford the van; my brother loaned me the money for it.”

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Homeless New Yorker Red Tape Quote Of The Week: The Flawed Theory Edition

Will Smith Meme

“One theory is that some people have been coming into the homeless system, the shelter system, in order to qualify for a program that helps you move out of the homeless system.” -Michael Bloomberg

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