New York City Department of Homeless Services

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New York City
Department of Homeless Services
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Agency overview
Headquarters 33 Beaver Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10004[1]
Agency executive Gilbert Taylor[2], Commissioner
Parent agency City of New York
Child agency NYC DHS Police
Website NYC.gov/DHS

The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that provides services to the homeless, though its ultimate aim is to overcome homelessness.[3] In 2010, the department oversaw 208 facilities with 18,616 beds and served 113,553 unique individuals. [4] Its first commissioner was Muzzy Rosenblatt, who convinced David Dinkins that the homeless shelters could be run more efficiently were it a separate department from the New York City Human Resources Administration.

History[edit]

When the department was created in 1993, New York City was the first city to have a city department that was exclusively focused on the issue of homelessness. [5] The Department of Homeless Services was created in response to the growing number of homeless New Yorkers and the 1981 New York Supreme Court Consent Decree that mandates the State provide shelter to all homeless people. [6]

The guiding principles of the department were outlined at a 1992 New York City Commission on the Homeless. The department was to operate an emergency shelter system for people without housing alternatives, provide services and resources to assist shelter residents in gaining independent housing, and partner with local agencies and non-profits to provide these services. [7]

NYC DHS operates a group of NYS Peace Officers who enforce State and City laws on DHS property, the NYC DHS Police who are responsible for safety and security inside of NYC DHS Homeless Shelters.

Programs[edit]

  • Single Adult Shelters
  • Family Shelters
  • Advantage New York
  • Homebase
  • SRO Support Services Subsidy Program. More information in Supportive Housing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nyc.gov/html/dhs/html/contact/contact.shtml
  2. ^ Commissioner Diamond's Bio on NYC.gov
  3. ^ "New York City Department of Homelessness Services - About". New York City Department of Homelessness Services. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  4. ^ "New York City Department of Homelessness Services - Critical Activities Report 2010". New York City Department of Homelessness Services. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  5. ^ Campbell, G. and McCarthy, E., 2000, Conveying Mission Through Outcome Measurement: Services to the Homeless in New York City, Policy Studies Journal, 28 (2), 338-352.
  6. ^ "The Callahan Consent Decree". 
  7. ^ Campbell, G. and McCarthy, E., 2000, Conveying Mission Through Outcome Measurement: Services to the Homeless in New York City, Policy Studies Journal, 28 (2), 338-352.

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