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Executive Director
+ Lynn Lewis

Communications & Policy
+ Sam J. Miller

East Harlem Organizer
+ Joel Gil

Civil Rights Organizer
+ Nikita Price

Housing Organizer
+ Ryan Hickey

Picture the Homeless
104-106 East 126th Street #1B
New York NY 10035
Phone:(646) 314-6423


current campaigns

past campaigns

Led by homeless leaders who refuse to stay in shelter, our position is that if you lose your housing and chose to live in public spaces rather than go to shelter your constitutional and human rights should not be abused by the police! A key focus of our work right now is Communities United for Police Reform, the landmark citywide coalition we're proud to be on the steering committee of, which successfully fought for passage of 2013's Community Safety Act and is presently working to pass the Right to Know Act. We fight to end selective enforcement of Quality of Life regulations (we ask "Whose Quality of Life" is improved by moving homeless people from public spaces?)

Learn more about our Civil Rights Campaign and our Civil Rights Accomplishments!

For additional information or to get involved, email Nikita Price!


past campaigns

It's not a homeless crisis -- it's a housing crisis!  The city's best hope for reducing and preventing homelessness is a commitment to addressing the skyrocketing rents and general housing shortage that plague New York. Yet at the same time as the homeless population continues to escalate, landlords and the city continue to keep buildings empty, and a billion-dollar-a-year "shelter industrial complex" has developed where homeless people are warehoused indefinitely, even though it is significantly less expensive to house people than provide shelter. In fact, the total volume of potential apartments in vacant buildings and lots in Manhattan alone could likely house all the homeless households in shelter!  Our Housing Not Warehousing campaign sees homelessness against the backdrop of this massive warehousing of otherwise habitable vacant spaces.  We have been pushing city legislation that would require the city to conduct an annual census of all vacant buildings and lots, so that this information is always readily available to the public. We're also working to create a shelter-to-housing pilot project, to prove that creating housing for homeless people is more cost-effective and will help stabilize communities. Learn more about our Housing Campaign and our Housing Accomplishments! For additional information or to get involved, email Ryan Hickey.


Community Land Trusts

Several years ago, members of Picture the Homeless identified CLTs as a solution to lack of housing permanently affordable to the extremely poor, and we began to work toward  NYC has thousands of vacant properties, both vacant land and vacant buildings, and our Housing Not Warehousing Campaign has been working to inventory vacant properties and develop a plan for their use.

In 2012 we came together with other organizations and individuals fighting for CLTs to create NYCCLI, the New York City Community Land Initiative, which has already catalyzed the creation of an East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust and a Resident's Committee of low-income tenants and coop shareholders who are working to transfer their buildings into the CLT as a mechanism for permanent affordability and stopping displacement. 

Learn more about our Community Land Trusts efforts.

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