City Stops Moving People From Homeless Hotels Back to Shelters After New Legal Aid Lawsuit

The city has stopped transferring homeless people from the commercial h … Read the rest of this entry >>

Covid Inspires a New Tradition: High School History Teacher Cooks for Dozens of Shelter Residents Every Week

Lisa Greenwald, a public high school teacher and Upper West Sider, started a new tradition last spring. Every Wednesday she cooks and delivers … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Reveals Location of New UWS Homeless Shelter, Which Will Serve 200 Women

The Department of Homeless Services has announced plans for a new homeless shelter at 537 West 59th Street, the current home of the Manhattan News Net … Read the rest of this entry >>

All Homeless Hotel Relocations Are on Pause Until September 30th; New Services Go Into Effect At The Lucerne

The men experiencing homelessness at The Lucerne hotel on West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue won’t be moving out before th … Read the rest of this entry >>

A Life in Limbo for Homeless Families at Mercy to City’s Moving Whims

Harmonia Hotel resident Mike Bonano has used a rented U-Haul to help neighbors cope with Mayor de Blasio’s whiplash decisions on shel … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community Board to Hold Public Forum on Homeless Hotels

On Monday, Community Board 7 plans to hold a public forum over Zoom to hear from various constituencies about the h … Read the rest of this entry >>

Mayor Says City Will ‘Immediately’ Start Work on Moving Homeless People Out of Hotels, Though Timeline is Murky

Mayor de Blasio addressed complaints about homeless people being placed in hotels during a discussion with reporters on Monday, saying the city is … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lucerne Resident Explains How the Shelter Has Improved His Life, and What He Hopes Locals Understand

Michael Alvarez came to my attention when he posted eloquently on the Facebook group “Upper Westsiders For Safer Streets,” revealing that he was a homeless resident of the The Lucerne H … Read the rest of this entry >>

Men Living in Homeless Hotels Will Return to Shelters ‘When Appropriate,’ Mayor Says, But What Will Happen to the Hotels?

Sam Domb, the owner of The Lucerne hotel, on West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, has put his nearby townhouse on the ma … Read the rest of this entry >>

Residents of The Lucerne Say They Appreciate Chalked Messages Welcoming Them

A group of people, including several children, came out on Sunday to write chalk messages in front of The Lucerne Hotel on 79th Street welcoming residents to the commu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Rosenthal Explains Her Homeless Shelter Position, Changing Some Stances

Councilmember Helen Rosenthal sent out an email on Sunday shifting her stance on certain issues surrounding the new homeless shelters that have been p … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lucerne Hotel to House 283 Homeless Men Recovering from Substance Abuse

The Lucerne Hotel at 201 West 79th Street will be used to house 283 homeless people who have been staying at shelters downtown, as a way to reduce the popula … Read the rest of this entry >>

Nonprofit Offers New Details About Homeless Shelter Set Up Inside Local Hotel

The de Blasio administration was in the process of phasing out the use of commercial hotels as a stopgap method of housing homeless people when the corona … Read the rest of this entry >>

Hotel Belleclaire Being Used as Temporary Shelter to Protect Homeless People from Covid-19 Spread

Dozens of people have checked into the Hotel Belleclaire, on 77th and Broadway, in the last couple of days. According to city record … Read the rest of this entry >>

Emotional Protests Haven’t Slowed Momentum of Shelter ‘Evictions’

Wanda Mercado moved a few weeks ago, but today she’s back on her old stoop on the Upper West Side. She’s a familiar face on 107th Street – it seems every few mi … Read the rest of this entry >>

Homeless Shelter Protests Ramp Up As City Starts Transferring Women; ‘The Communication Has Been Terrible’

Politicians are planning to rally on Monday afternoon to push back against a city plan to turn a women's homeless sh … Read the rest of this entry >>

Elected Officials and Community Unite to Fight for Women’s Shelter

Despite rumors that resident relocation is imminent, elected officials and Community Board 7 are doing their best to reverse the decision by the Department of Homeless Services (DH … Read the rest of this entry >>

Committee Opposes Men’s Homeless Shelter After No-Show from DHS; Current Shelter Residents Stress About Changes

Over 60 Upper West Side residents attended Tuesday night’s meeting of Community Board 7’s Health and … Read the rest of this entry >>

Homeless Shelter’s Expected Shift from Women to Men Alarms Some Residents; Meeting Tuesday

The city is planning to turn a women's shelter at 237 West 107th Street into a men's shelter, and that's alarmed some residents, who plan to a … Read the rest of this entry >>

Homeless Families Win Beds On Upper West As Judge Tosses Shelter Suit

More homeless families will move into an Upper West Side building being converted into a shelter as soon as possible, city officials … Read the rest of this entry >>