Why Isn’t Homelessness A Major Election Issue?

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With homelessness in New York City being worse than what it was during the Great Depression, you would think that it would be a major issue in the upcoming New York elections. This can also be said in elections that affect the whole country, as homelessness is increasing in many States in America.

Is homelessness not a major issue addressed in elections because:
• Politicians don’t think homeless people, or people who care about homeless issues, vote?
• Homelessness is not “where the money is,” unless the homeless are being exploited by the system and not helped by it?
• Politicians feel that homeless people are the “underbelly of society”; therefore, their issues don’t need to be addressed?
• Politicians have the option, and the power, to tune out the voices of people who are crying out for help?
• Politicians avoid making homelessness a “hot topic,” because it might awaken too many people to realize that they are paycheck away, and this could cause a political uprising?
• Politicians don’t want to fix the homelessness problem?
• Politicians are disconnected, and/or don’t care?
• Politicians think if they ignore the problem, it will magically go away, or people won’t notice the problem exists?
• They don’t feel like their election is contingent on this issue, and they don’t care about the people they are supposed to represent enough to address it?

Whatever the reason is for the neglecting of this issue, I am predicting that this issue is not going to be ignored much longer. This won’t be because of the goodness-of -heart of the majority of our elected officials, obviously. This will be because, across the country, particularly in gentrified areas, and particularly in New York City, the homeless numbers are swelling; and by virtue of the laws of physics, you can only sweep so much under a rug before an explosion happens and dirt is all over the room. With the epic numbers of homelessness in the city, and with the treachery people are faced with when they enter the homeless system, the issue demands to be addressed and solved.

-The Homeless New Yorker


NYC City Council To Consider New Rules For Homeless Youth

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Last night, the New York Daily news posted an exclusive online article stating that the City Council will be introducing new legislation concerning homeless youth.

The bills that will be presented will reportedly: Require the city to put out annual reports disclosing the number of homeless youth in the city; Raise the age of youths who can stay in youth shelters from 21 to 25 years of age; and allow youth to stay in shelters for up to 120 days, a 90-day increase to the current stipulation.

According to the New York Daily News, the legislation will be introduced to the City Council today.


The Right To Counsel Bill

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The recently enacted, Right to Counsel bill, will provide low-income New Yorkers with free legal representation when going through a legal proceeding for an eviction or foreclosure.

The free legal services will be provided for New York residents who do not exceed 200% of the federal poverty line.

According to NY.gov, as of June 30, 2018, the federal income guidelines are as follows:

Household Size=1, Annual Gross Income= $22,311
Household Size=2, Annual Gross Income= $30,044
Household Size=3, Annual Gross Income= $37,777
Household Size=4, Annual Gross Income= $45,510
Household Size=5, Annual Gross Income= $53,243
Household Size=6, Annual Gross Income= $60,976
Household Size=7, Annual Gross Income= $68,709
Household Size=8, Annual Gross Income= $76,442
For Each Additional Member, add $7,733
(Remember, to get the aforementioned free services, the household can earn up to twice the listed gross income.)

According to the Right to Counsel bill, people who exceed the income standards for free representation will receive free legal consultation, although they won’t be represented in court.


Proposed Legislation Regarding Homeless Hotels’ Transparency

Kudos to Jay Dow for his work on New York City’s homeless crisis!!

[SIDEBAR: I observed the “disclosure of confidential client information,” that the Department of Homeless Service says in their statement in the above-posted video is “a violation of social services law,” being breached at every shelter I lived in. What a joke that statement is!]


First Offer For The Vulnerable Legislation


According to the New York Daily News, a bill that would allow NYCHA residents with mobility disabilities to move into available accessible apartments is currently under review by Governor Cuomo.

The legislation will reportedly provide mobility-challenged NYCHA residents the right of first refusal to live in apartments located on the lower floors of housing projects.