DE BLASIO SERIES: HOW'S HE DOING?
Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious affordable housing agenda is at the heart of his administration’s pledge to rewrite “a tale of two cities.” During the coming months, Albany will be a policy battleground, but the true impact of this fight will be felt in the five boroughs where more than 2.3 million people live in rent-regulated housing and where demand for affordability is at an all-time high. What does the coming battle over renewing rent regulation laws and continuing tax breaks for developers portend for turning de Blasio’s vision into reality? Join a forum with leading officials, experts, and practitioners who will shed light on this question and more
Of the over 20,000 children in homeless shelters, nearly half are under 6 years old. We know from research how crucial the early years are to lifelong development. Yet families now stay an average of over 400 days in city shelters—an eternity for a small child.
The new Child Welfare Watch report describes the stresses that homelessness puts on families with young children, and explores the discontinuity between the large number of young children in the shelter system and the dearth of services available to them. It reveals that currently the most common way for a family in a shelter to receive support for young children is to become known to child welfare authorities—a help that often goes hand-in-hand with the fear that children will be removed to foster care.