Continuing to fail
our most vulnerable
City Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted City Hall on Oct. 21 with a report
that demonstrated just how much our government has failed to protect the
most vulnerable people who live here.
According to Stringer, the number of domestic violence victims living in the
city’s family shelter system has spiked by 44 percent over the last fi ve years. These
survivors now account for 41 percent of the family shelter population in this city.
But worse than that, Stringer’s report found that the city isn’t doing nearly
enough to help these victims — who have already been through horrible situations
— get back on their feet.
The city limits the stay of victims in crisis shelters to 180 days; if they can’t fi nd
proper, permanent housing for these victims, they are sent to another shelter.
Stringer also said the housing vouchers offered to these survivors aren’t anywhere
close fi nancially to what’s needed to help them afford sky-high rents in this
city. None of this should surprise any of us, at this point. The past decade has seen
an unprecedented rise in homelessness matched by evidence of a city government
either too overwhelmed, too inadequate or too apathetic to meet this challenge.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Turning the Tide on Homelessness” plan has proven
to be as useful as shoveling sand into the ocean during high tide. Communities
across the city are still fi ghting proposed shelters tooth and nail — partly because
of NIMBYism, true, but the size and scope of these shelters (potentially housing
hundreds) is indeed cause for serious concern. The subways are riddled with
homeless people sleeping on benches or amid fi lthy train cars.
It’s galling and shameful that the people we elected to run this city can’t fi gure
out what to do to help those in the most need. We’re supposed to be the most progressive
city in America with policies designed not to leave anyone behind from
economic opportunity and a better life.
And yet, here we are with a City Hall utterly incapable of fi nding a domestic
violence victim and their children a decent place to live in peace and
rebuild their lives.
It’s enough to move you to tears. We only wish it would move
City Hall to action.
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BY GABE HERMAN
The Dec. 23, 1971 issue of
The Villager featured an article
with the headline, “Art
Groupies Invade SoHo For Benefi t
The auction at the LoGiudice
Gallery was to raise money for Sundance,
a new magazine for news,
art and poetry. The event brought
out some big names, including Allen
Ginsberg, Jerry Rubin and Rip
A total of 78 works of art and
nine sets of manuscripts were on the
Among the sold items was a
medicine chest that belonged to
John Lennon, which went for $120.
The biggest seller was an untitled
small, galvanized iron box by the
artist Donald Judd, which went for
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