Long Nights With Little Sleep for Homeless Families Seeking Shelter

On Wednesday, New York City hit a record 59,373 people in shelters overseen by the Department of Homeless Services.

News Story (New York)

Nikita Stewart
New York Times (NYT)
August 28, 2016

Tags: Homeless Youth, Housing: Homelessness

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


In a cascade of good intentions and unintended consequences, homeless parents and their children are facing dayslong waits and sleepless nights as they flood the city’s already overwhelmed homeless services.

Under a 1999 law that was supposed to give homeless families dignity and relief, parents and children seeking shelter are not allowed to sleep at the center. Instead, those still in the process of applying for housing at 10 p.m. must be given beds for the night. The city must also transport them to and from wherever they sleep so families can continue the application process the next morning.