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WNYC News

The City's New 'War' on Homelessness

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The de Blasio administration has spent $11 million on a new operations center to reduce the number of people living in homeless shelters.

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WNYC News

New York City on Track to Reduce Homelessness: Report

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Homelessness has increased since Mayor de Blasio took office, but a new report from the Coalition for the Homeless says the tide is starting to turn.

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The Takeaway

How We Can Abolish Homelessness

Friday, December 12, 2014

Can you abolish homelessness?  According to the nation's former "homeless czar," the answer is a resounding yes. 

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The Takeaway

Isaiah Lamb Was a High School Basketball Star, Homecoming King, and Homeless

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Over 100,000 student athletes at the youth, high school, and college levels are homeless. Sports Illustrated spent six months investigating their stories.

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WNYC News

Few Shelters in Queens, So Homeless Families Head to the Bronx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A new report shows how New York City's homeless crisis is being shouldered across the five boroughs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A (Bad) New Record High: Homelessness

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services discusses what the agency is doing to reduce homelessness after the number of people housed in shelters reached a new high.

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PRI's The World

Caracas is finally ending the 'world's tallest squat'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The "Tower of David" in downtown Caracas is called "the world's tallest squat" because thousands of people have been living in the unfinished skyscraper. Now, the government is moving people to new housing outside the city — and many squatters have mixed feelings.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Six Months In, Is De Blasio's Housing Policy Truly Progressive?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

As the mayor's housing plan — including increased density — has taken shape, how does it compare to his progressive vision for the city? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

LA's Homeless Can Now Live Out Of Cars

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Los Angeles city ordinance that said people can't live in their cars was struck down by a federal court. Gale Holland, poverty and homelessness reporter for the Los Angeles Times, explains the reasoning behind the ruling, which held that the ordinance leads to discrimination against the poor.

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The Takeaway

New Measures Mean Harsh Penalties for Homeless

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Norway is considering a new measure that would allow local municipalities to criminalize begging. Honolulu has started seizing the belongings of homeless people, closing public parks at night, and banning makeshift shelters. Are these kinds of measures just stop-gap solutions? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Design Hides Homelessness

Monday, June 23, 2014

Last week a photo went viral of "anti-homeless" spikes in London. We discuss how design can hide homelessness and change our ideas of civic space with Robert Rosenberger, assistant professor of philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 373: Going Home

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When the StoryCorps Mobile Booth visited Durham, North Carolina in 2006, David Wright decided to interview his friend, Eddie Lanier, Jr.

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WNYC News

Cuomo 'Trying Actively' To Resolve Homeless Issue, After Telling City 'Next Year'

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WNYC

As the budget deadline looms, the governor is sounding a different tone as city and state officials try to agree on a plan.

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WNYC News

Meet Gilbert Taylor, New York's New Homelessness Chief

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Listen in as the Commissioner joins volunteers to count homeless people living on the streets of New York.

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The Takeaway

Can You End Homelessness by Providing Homes?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In 2005, Utah set out to end chronic homelessness within 10 years by providing each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. As they inch closer to their deadline, it looks like the state could actually pull it off: The state says the homeless population has shrunk by nearly 75 percent since Utah started its initiative. Whittney Evans reports on local government for Takeaway affiliate station KUER. She joins the program to discuss how this program works.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dwight Gooden; Superman; Russell Banks' Short Stories; Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dwight Gooden talks about his years with the Mets, winning three World Series, pitching a no-hitter, and how he finally conquered his addictions. Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, one of popular culture’s most enduring heroes. Russell Banks talks about his new collection of short stories. And New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Coalition for the Homeless president Mary Brosnahan discuss why homelessness in New York has reached such high numbers.

WNYC News

Mayor Bloomberg Defends Legacy at New Brooklyn Ice Rink

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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With just two weeks left in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making farewell stops in all five boroughs to tout his administration's accomplishments. But at a ribbon cutting in Brooklyn on Tuesday, he was on the defensive.

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The Takeaway

The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. Nearly half of all New Yorkers live below or very close to the poverty line. Children make up a large part of this population—in total there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York. Andrea Elliot, reporter for our partner The New York Times, profiled one family caught in the shelter system in her five-part series “Invisible Child.”

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The Takeaway

In Boston, Signs of the Homeless Get Colorful Makeovers

Monday, September 16, 2013

A new, provocative art project in Boston seeks to raise awareness of homelessness. Christopher Hope and Kenji Nakayama have started a program called “Signs for the Homeless,” which invites artists in Massachusetts to give the drab cardboard signs of the local homeless colorful makeovers. A Cambridge, MA street worker, Hope talks about a provocative art project that's trying to raise awareness of homelessness.  

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WNYC News

Homeless Women Vets Face Tougher Struggles

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Homelessness among female veterans is on the rise in the United States, even as the overall rate of homelessness among veterans is going down.

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