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No Food on Black Friday, A Heatless Drop-in, A Poltical Christmas Party for the Homeless (Thanks Hope and Oasis) (Updated)

December 04, 2014 - 00:06
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Update: Despite Carol's statement on Wednesday that there were 25 tickets for the Katonah Christmas party (she may have been discounting those given to program clients), last night she told me there are now 40, which is a good thing. But here is the problem. Only 18 of those tickets (with 5 alternate spots if someone doesn't show) were given to non-program clients. Carol in her before dinner speech pointed out that the homeless had "no where to go" which is quite true.

Yonkers Day Program for Homeless Closes Due to Building Code Violations (and What it Means for New Rochelle)

November 12, 2014 - 14:02
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Though I have respect for the paper, and the author, I was misquoted in the Guardian article about this. I believe that there clearly was a problem and the citation was merited. The quote taken from a off-the record conversation suggests I don't believe so, I think this article says otherwise. I did state my opinion that the actions of the city, while right might not have been done for the right reasons, as many city across the country are trying to cut down on homeless visibility including New Rochelle, and people have to my knowledge reported the facility in prior years with no results.

NRMHA Public Hearing Not so Friendly to the Public

October 10, 2014 - 21:59

On Thursday New Rochelle Housing Authority held a public hearing concerning amendments to their yearly plan. This was necessary because Hud had disapproved of their spending 400,000 for the demolition of public housing (Hartley Houses) which they are turning into nonpublic “affordable housing” (a household must make at least 28,000 to be eligible, which puts it out of the reach of most of the extreme poor and almost all of the homeless).

DSS Commissioner: People At Oasis Don't Ask for Help, Conference on Homelessness Part 2

October 07, 2014 - 22:16

At the conference on Tuesday, there were several ideas to have various outreach teams approach homeless in the downtown. Talking to the homeless is a good idea but the current programs have to be fixed before outreach is a priority. People seem to think that if they tell homeless to go inside it will solve everything. People know about Oasis. People just don’t want to go there. Any outreach teams need to be independent, they need to discuss people only with their consent, and they need to be focused on system reform, aka advocating for the homeless.

DSS Commissioner: People At Oasis Don't Ask for Help, Conference on Homelessness Part 1

October 07, 2014 - 22:10

After hearing about footage of shelter conditions (once before it was released, and once after) someone from DSS visited Hope to talk to the homeless of New Rochelle (as a group) for the first time. This was a major if somewhat late-coming step in the right direction. But there were also major issues. Non-program clients aren’t allowed to be there during the day so anyone not in the day program wasn’t present.

How Westcop Controls the Housing Authority (or half of it)

October 02, 2014 - 16:15

While I was researching my video project I found something just a mite interesting in Westcop’s tax returns. It turns out Westcop is the controlling organization of New Rochelle Winthrop HDFC, and gets profits from it. Their tax returns list them as a "related tax exempt organization." And HDFC's lists the enitre exectuvie staff of Wesctop as their executive officers, and their headquarters the same Elmsford building. HDFC is the agency in that little building off North and Winthrop supposedly run by Mr. Horton. It is a subsidiary of the New Rochelle Housing Authority.

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No Food on Black Friday, A Heatless Drop-in, A Poltical Christmas Party for the Homeless (Thanks Hope and Oasis) (Updated)

Update: Despite Carol's statement on Wednesday that there were 25 tickets for the Katonah Christmas party (she may have been discounting those given to program clients), last night she told me there are now 40, which is a good thing.

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Yonkers Day Program for Homeless Closes Due to Building Code Violations (and What it Means for New Rochelle)

Though I have respect for the paper, and the author, I was misquoted in the Guardian article about this. I believe that there clearly was a problem and the citation was merited.

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An Election Day Look At Candidates Views, the New Rochelle League of Woman Voter's Forum, and Heritage Homes

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NRMHA Public Hearing Not so Friendly to the Public

On Thursday New Rochelle Housing Authority held a public hearing concerning amendments to their yearly plan.

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DSS Commissioner: People At Oasis Don't Ask for Help, Conference on Homelessness Part 2

At the conference on Tuesday, there were several ideas to have various outreach teams approach homeless in the downtown. Talking to the homeless is a good idea but the current programs have to be fixed before outreach is a priority.

Read more

DSS Commissioner: People At Oasis Don't Ask for Help, Conference on Homelessness Part 1

After hearing about footage of shelter conditions (once before it was released, and once after) someone from DSS visited Hope to talk to the homeless of New Rochelle (as a group) for the first time.

Read more

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