coaltition for the homeless – gettin’ the word out

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don’t know who did the postering for the coalition – but love the juxtaposition of greedy lying bastards.

to keep up-to-date with homelessness in new york city, go to : coalition for the homeless – read their news feed, educate yourself about callahan v. carey.  callahan v. carey – my favorite thing about nyc. this legislation makes law – and therefore into lived reality between people – what the statue of liberty symbolizes. the last two lines of the poem mounted on her pedestal read:

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

every new yorker should be bursting with pride that here, we do not step around or over those who have fallen, no, we hold out our hand and  lift the fallen up till they too can find the strength to walk.

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funny, i didn’t hear bloomberg mention the homeless “record” in his state of the city address 2day…

A little over a year ago, the Bloomberg administration attempted to impose strict eligibility requirements for homeless single adults seeking shelter. Today, homeless New Yorkers won an important legal victory when the Appellate Court released a decision declaring this attempt unlawful and in violation of the City’s proper rule-making procedure. This decision confirms an earlier decision made in New York Supreme Court.

 

Statement by Mary Brosnahan, President and CEO, Coalition for the Homeless:

“Rather than continue this misguided crusade to leave our neighbors in the cold, Mayor Bloomberg must focus instead on the proven and cost-effective policy of his predecessors: investing in affordable housing assistance. With a record 49,000 people sleeping tonight in shelters – including 20,000 children – Mayor Bloomberg must shift course immediately.”

to read Mary Brosnahan‘s full statement as, well as the statements by Steve Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, The Legal Aid Society and Christine C. Quinn and General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma click on link : http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/blog/entry/court-victory-for-homeless-single-adults/

”You have to do enough preaching for people to care.” Second, ”You have to get something concrete” – legislation or a court order. And third, ”You have to keep at it. If they miss a deadline, you sue.”

quote from Robert Hayes, the lawyer who won Callahan v.Carey in 1981.

Robert Hayes : Anatomy of a Crusader, By SUZANNE DALEY, Published: October 02, 1987, The New York Times
click on link for full article : http://www.nytimes.com/1987/10/02/nyregion/robert-hayes-anatomy-of-a-crusader.html