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New York Is Removing Over 400 Children From 2 Homeless Shelters

By Andrea Elliott and Rebecca R. Ruiz, New York Times, Feb. 21, 2014

In the face of New York’s mounting homeless crisis, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Friday that his administration is removing hundreds of children from two city-owned homeless shelters that inspectors have repeatedly cited for deplorable conditions over the last decade, officials said.

The city has begun transferring over 400 children and their families out of the Auburn Family Residence in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and from the Catherine Street shelter in Lower Manhattan, while vowing to improve services for the swelling population of 22,000 homeless children, Mr. de Blasio and other officials said in interviews this week [....]

State and city inspectors have cited Auburn for over 400 violations — many of them repeated — for a range of hazards, including vermin, mold, lead exposure, an inoperable fire safety system, insufficient child care and the presence of sexual predators, among them, a caseworker.

“We just weren’t going to allow this to happen on our watch,” the mayor said.

The conditions at Auburn, which were detailed in a recent series in The New York Times, prompted the City Council to schedule hearings next week on family shelters. Records and interviews show that similar lapses have dogged Catherine Street [....]

Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/nyregion/new-york-is-removing-over-400-children-from-2-homeless-shelters.html?hp

Kudos due to the NYT for their series. and to Dasani and her family allowing their story to be told, for prodding the insidiously lethargic huge machine into action. (400 violations couldn't do it.)

Kudos to El Mayor!  Viva De Blasio! Viva Sandino!

Abajo Bloomberg!

I hope the person who wrote the series gets a Pulitzer for it. The media needs to keep these stories in the sunshine. I think the general populations would be shocked to find out how much of this is going on right now.  You should see the homeless we have in South Florida.  

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