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June 13, 2014

Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Join Broadway Housing Communities to Celebrate Innovative Sugar Hill Development

Historic community revitalization initiative brings world-class David Adjaye design to permanently affordable housing, brand new children’s museum and unique early childhood education center

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined with community leaders, affordable…

June 13, 2002

A Plan to End City Homelessness in 10 Years

New York Times | June 13, 2002

By Nina Bernstein

In a 10-year plan to end homelessness in New York City, a statewide coalition of 150 nonprofit housing and social service agencies is calling for the addition of 16,000…

April 1, 2002

Making Change: Good Neighbor Policies

City Limits | April 2002

By Larry Schwartztol

The first step in the Fifth Avenue Committee’s reconstruction of 572 Pacific Street took place everywhere on the block except 572 Pacific Street. Before turning the vacant city-owned building into 10…

December 19, 1993

Shelters Lead Nowhere

New York Times | December 19, 1993

By Dennis P. Culhane

Philadelphia – People are fed up with the homeless, particularly aggressive panhandlers. Even traditionally tolerant cities such as San Francisco and Seattle have passed laws effectively prohibiting people from being…

December 1, 1993

Fort Washington Armory

City Limits | December, 1993

The image of more than a thousand homeless men sleeping on cots in the bleak, cavernous space of the Fort Washington Armory became a national symbol of the cruel treatment of homeless people during the…

November 12, 1991

Saving the City
Shelters Aren’t A Permanent Solution

New York Newsday | November 12, 1991

By Ellen Baxter

Mayor Dinkins’ new proposal to scatter 35 specialized shelters throughout the city for $250 million is bad news for everyone. The furious opposition of elected officials and neighbors of the proposed…

January 20, 1991

Housing and Empowerment

Health/PAC Bulletin | Winter 1991

By Ellen Baxter

I am one of a group of people in Upper Manhattan who take over abandoned buildings and convert them into affordable housing for homeless and low-income men and women. To someone who has…

March 21, 1981


The New York Times | March 21, 1981

When Ellen Baxter and Kim Hopper asked a bag lady at Grand Central to talk about her life, she answered: ”What difference does it make?” Her fatalism is understandable. Yet it could…

March 8, 1981


The New York Times | March 8, 1981
By David Bird

A yearlong study by the Community Service Society of New York has concluded that the problem of homeless people on the streets of the city has ”reached such…

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