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Last week, Picture the Homeless was invited to give testimony at a hearing of the City Council's Housing & Buildings Committee, on the subject of vacant properties. Considering that this was something we've been asking for since 2007 (and that we had been unconstitutionally banned from attending public meetings of the Council because we demanded a hearing on the subject), it was a pretty proud moment for our organization.
Last week, the New York City Council's General Welfare Committee held an oversight hearing on family shelters. While many hard-working advocates and allies testified, only one person had personally experienced life in a shelter - our own phenomenal Danielle Stelluto.
On Thursday, February 20th, DNAInfo reported that MTA officials had shared plans to sweep homeless people off the E train, working in tandem with NYPD officers. According to the plan, teams at the WTC & Jamaica Center stops would move from car to car "and take all the homeless people inside to either a shelter or hospitals." Never mind that most homeless folks have already assessed and rejected those options, as is their right.
Media Advisory: Homeless New Yorkers & Allies Criticize Transit Plan to Use NYPD to Purge Fare-Paying Passengers
HOMELESS NEW YORKERS, ALLIES TO CRITICIZE REPORTED PLAN TO USE NYPD TO PURGE FARE-PAYING PASSENGERS FROM SUBWAY
Photos & interviews available upon request.
We knew this was coming - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is rolling out his first major anti-homeless policing initiative. And we're ready to fight back. And we need your help.
DNAInfo is reporting that at 3AM on Monday, the City will start purging sleeping homeless people from the subways, stopping trains at two stations to force people off and into a shelter or a hospital. But the NYPD will be on hand, presumably to arrest people who refuse to go.
We're not about to let this happen without a fight.
Picture the Homeless received this alert from a shelter resident, alleging hazardous conditions in their facility. Please note that PTH doesn't have the capacity to investigate reports like this, but since our mission is to give homeless folks the tools to expose the injustices that they face, including violations of their rights and unsafe conditions in shelter, we're proud to provide this platform for sharing allegations and evidence of misconduct.
This Friday, February 14th, at noon, homeless New Yorkers will deliver an empty valentine to Governor Andrew Cuomo to illustrate his catastrophic failure in leadership to create a permanent rental subsidy for the homeless.
VICTORY FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE: De Blasio announces "Municipal ID" Program for Immigrants and other Vulnerable Communities!
Picture the Homeless is grateful to our many allies who worked hard on this incredible step forward, which will benefit all homeless folks!!
In response to a call for global solidarity actions from our homeless brothers and sisters in Budapest, Picture the Homeless and our friends and allies will visit the Consulate General of Hungary to deliver the message that the world is watching!