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Financial District »

Homeless Dept. Bought $429 Chairs and $3K TVs While Shelters Crumbled

The Department of Homeless Services' facelift was followed by a scathing report into city-run shelters.

Central Harlem »

Newborns Face Greater Risks At City Shelters, Experts Say

Nearly 2,000 babies were born to families living in city shelters last year, a DHS official said.

East Flatbush »

Convert Homeless Shelters Back to Apartments, Advocates Say

Apartments should be leased to homeless families instead, they say, with the help of a rental subsidy.

Civic Center »

City Turns 'Blind Eye' to Lethal Dangers in Homeless Shelters, Report Says

The Department of Investigation said that conditions at city shelters need immediate action. 

Jamaica »

Jamaica Hotel Becomes Latest Lodging to House Homeless in Queens

A number of rooms at a hotel near the Jamaica AirTrain station are being used to house homeless people.

Upper West Side »

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: What Happened on the Upper West Side in 2014

From pedestrian deaths to Columbia's sexual assault protests, we looked back at the year's big events.

Chelsea »

Emergency Responders Called to Chelsea Shelter Nearly 1,900 Times This Year

Police responded to 1,867 911 calls at the BRC shelter from Jan. 1 to Nov. 10, records show. 

West Village »

What Happened in New York This Week: 10 Stories You Need to Read

A hero barista, a late-night sauna party, oyster happy hours and more made news this week.

Jamaica »

City Books 100 Rooms at Radisson, Doesn't Tell Hotel They're for Homeless

The city booked 100 rooms at a Jamaica hotel for a "government group" and used them for homeless people.

Greenpoint »

Officials Blast New Homeless Shelter Being 'Smuggled' Into Greenpoint

Local officials called on DHS to host a public forum discussing the shelter planned for 56-66 Clay St.

Upper West Side »

TIMELINE: Foes of UWS Shelter Hope Crime Drops With Fewer Homeless Tenants

The two West 95th Street buildings started as illegal hotels and later housed 400 homeless people.

Arverne »

VIDEO: Man Floods Homeless Shelter After Yanking Sink From Wall

An Arverne homeless shelter flooded Nov. 3 when a resident pulled a sink from the wall, officials said.

Elmhurst »

Pan Am and Westway Set to Become Permanent Homeless Shelters, City Says

The shelters, which opened in the summer, will stay open permanently, officials said.

Upper West Side »

In Last-Minute Switch, City Meets Deadline to Move Homeless From Shelter

DHS had warned it would miss the deadline to move 200 people from the W. 95th Street shelter.

Upper West Side »

Homeless Shelter Will Miss Deadline to Move Out Half Its Tenants, City Says

The shelter was supposed to move out 200 residents by Nov. 1 under an agreement with the city.