Social Services

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

30 Issues in 30 Days: The State of the Safety Net

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show's election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this week with a series of conversations about a variety of topics. See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Andrew White, director of the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School, discusses the challenge facing the social safety net, both nationally and locally.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Food Assistance for Sandy Victims

Monday, December 10, 2012

Robert Doar, administrator and commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services talks about D-SNAP, a program that provides additional food stamp assistance available for New Yorkers in storm-damaged zip codes. Doar explains who qualifies, as well as when and how to apply.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pathways to Housing

Friday, August 10, 2012

Sam Tsemberis discusses founding Pathways to Housing in 1992, a program that addresses homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities. Since its founding, Pathways has housed more than 600 people in New York alone, and the program maintains an 85% retention rate. In addition to its New York headquarters, Pathways to Housing now has program offices in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Vermont, and the Pathways Housing First model has been replicated in more than 40 cities across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Goldman Sachs Funds Anti-Recidivism Program

Friday, August 03, 2012

New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs discusses the deal between the city and Goldman Sachs and the potential of social impact bond financing for social service programs.

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Assaults on Social Service Workers On the Rise: City Agencies

Monday, April 23, 2012

New York City’s social service agencies are supporting a bill that would make assaulting their employees a felony, up from a misdemeanor offense


The Takeaway

Census Bureau Changes Flawed Poverty Metric

Monday, November 07, 2011

When the Census Bureau announced that a record number of Americans live below the poverty line it did so using an old metric that has not been changed, apart from adjustments for inflation, since it was hastily conceived in 1963. Starting Monday, the Census Bureau will use a new metric — taking into account such federal assistance like food stamps and such costs as rent, medical and child care, for the first time.

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