When he was elected mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio vowed to make the fight against homelessness a priority of his administration.
Now, a little more than a year into his tenure, The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs is asking: Is the mayor making good on his promise?
Members of The New School community can find out more about de Blasio’s record on this pressing issue when the CNYCA hosts a discussion, “In Need of Shelter: Protecting the City’s Children from The Traumas of Homelessness,” on Tuesday, February 10, 8:30-10:30 am at the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street.
The first event in a series, “How’s He Doing: The Ups and Downs of Mayor De Blasio’s First Year in City Hall’s West Wing,” “In Need of Shelter” will feature a discussion with Clara Hemphill, interim director of the CNYCA; Christy Parque, executive director of Homeless Services United, Inc.; Janee Harvey, program director for preventative programs, CAMBA; and Joyce McMillan, parent organizer, Child Welfare Organizing Project.
In addition to evaluating de Blasio’s record on homelessness, panelists will discuss the CNYCA’s recent report, In Need of Shelter. Based on statistics from the New York City Housing Authority, the report reveals that more than 19,000 children 6 years old and younger—enough to overflow the stands at Barclays Center—lived in shelters during the past city fiscal year.
Panelists also will address questions such as: “How can we keep children in city-subsidized shelters safe?” “How can we use the time they spend in shelter to foster rather than derail their development?” and “How can we support parents who are leaving shelters that may be the only homes their children have known?”
“How’s He Doing” continues with “Beyond The Rage: Strengthening Relations Between Police and Communities” on February 24; “Universal Pre-K: Next Steps for de Blasio’s Plan To Extend Pre-K City-Wide” on March 31; “Juvenile Justice: Have New Reforms Done Enough To Keep Kids Safe in NYC Jails?” on April 21; and “Affordable Housing: A Look at the Fight to Keep New York City Affordable for All New Yorkers” on April 29.