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Care for the Homeless Graduates First Class of Certified Advocates

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Our latest Impact Report is out.

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A 50 Year Old Dream ...

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A Choice: Jails or Homes

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Bobby Watts, Executive Director  Shortly before heading to D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, I  engaged in an email exchange with the NYC Independent Budget Office. I was sure that a figure in their recently-recently released report was incorrect. But it wasn't a typo - the annualized cost of an inmate in NYC jails is $167,731 per year.

Were you in the 10% who voted in last week's election?

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Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy One week after the much heralded 2013 New York City primary election and New Yorkers are still waiting for the “final” results. Did Bill deBlasio, who clearly got more votes than any other candidate on the Democratic ballot, garner enough votes to avoid an October 1st run off election?
Here are two facts we do know for sure: 1.Only about 20% of the eligible registered voters cast a ballot. 2.There is an October 1 run-off regardless of whether or not there’s one for Mayor. Fewer than half those eligible to vote have registered. If only 1 in 5 of the registered actually voted, that means only 10% of the people in New York City who could have participated cast a vote. 

The run off already determined is for Public Advocate – ironically the position deBlasio now holds – and it’s between City Councilwoman Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron on the Democratic ballot. Only registered Democrats can participate.  No citywide position could ever be without s…