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By Peter Feuerherd Cynthia Contreras’ cellphone went off the weekend of Jan. 15, soon after Gov. Kathy Hochul and the state legislature allowed the emergency Covid-relief rental eviction moratorium to expire. That decision, made in Albany, reverberated 140 miles south at the Betances Houses in the Bronx, where...
Thousands of New Yorkers, emerging from the Covid pandemic, are behind on their rent. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a state subsidy program for tenants and landlords, has helped but has been marked by slow responses and has expired. The...
Nishi Akter has one main goal in her studies at Fordham University: “I’m doing all this as a way out of the cycle of poverty.” Born in Noakhali, Bangladesh, Ms. Akter came to the United States with her family in 2013 and settled in the Bronx. She...
47,045 people in the city’s shelter system at start of July 2021. 16,981 homeless individuals are single adults. 9,000 homeless people were housed in temporary hotel emergency shelters. Now that Covid-19 restrictions have lifted for most of New York City, the fate of the homeless is uncertain. While the pandemic triggered...
April 1st was Holy Thursday; a day Christians celebrate in the lead up to Easter. In the West Farms neighborhood in the Bronx this Holy Thursday was celebrated with families, Catholic Charities, and Cardinal Dolan and others at a food distribution event that included a blessing by the Cardinal of the...
Editor’s note: More than 1.6 billion people worldwide live in substandard housing. Of those, at least 150 million have no home at all. In this special series, A Place to Call Home, Global Sisters Report is focusing on women religious helping people who are homeless or lack adequate shelter. Over the...
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