Homeless New Yorker Stat Of The Day: 6/20/16

HMLS New Yorker

A May 2016 New York Daily News article states: “Nearly 500 Section 8 tenants, whose vouchers were administered by NYCHA, had to move because their apartments failed inspection last year. Of those, 160 transferred to new apartments. But 335 couldn’t find new homes and lost their vouchers.”

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What Does Captain America Have To Say About Housing In Brooklyn?

Falcon and Captain America
It seems like housing in Brooklyn, New York isn’t even affordable for superheroes. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, released in 2015, Captain America and Falcon had the following conversation:

SAM WILSON AKA FALCON: You find a place in Brooklyn yet?
STEVE ROGERS AKA CAPTAIN AMERICA: I don’t think I can afford a place in Brooklyn.

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Homeless New Yorker Stat Of The Day: 6/1/16

HMLS New Yorker

According to New York City’s April 2016 Social Indicators Report: “NYCHA’s wait list for the Section 8 program has been closed since 2007, except for veterans who receive Section 8 through the Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. As of November 2015, there are over 148,000 families on the Section 8 wait list.”

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If Orange Is The New Black, Homeless Is The New Orange

Orange Is The New Black

“Orange is the New Black,” which is a book about a woman’s experience being incarcerated, conveys multiple prison protocols that mirror so many shelter protocols and administrative attitudes. Sadly, I don’t find this shocking since I have a case worker who told me, “These are the same questions you get asked when you get arrested” when I queried about the relevance of certain questions she was asking me. SMH!

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