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September 2, 1990 | JENNIFER TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a dark ledge under the Grand Central Station Terminal, just five feet directly above the IRT train's deadly electrified third rail, a fine stream of sunlight filters down through 20 feet of stagnant air onto a makeshift table. It illuminates a bouquet of flowers and a book by W. H. Auden. The only other intrusion into the 9-by-9-foot compartment recessed in the tunnel wall is the thunderous quake of passing trains.
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February 9, 2001 | Associated Press
The number of people staying in New York City's homeless shelters has surpassed 25,000 a night, the highest level since the late 1980s. Nearly three-quarters of those in shelters were families, including more than 10,000 children a night. Staggering housing costs, more evictions and a decline in subsidized housing all are likely contributing factors, said Martin Oesterreich, the city's commissioner of homeless services.
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December 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it is taking control of millions of dollars in federal funds for the homeless in New York City after complaints that money has been blocked to numerous groups critical of the policies of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. The move marks the first time the agency has taken such action against a city because of the way the money is distributed, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said in Manhattan.
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December 23, 2000 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a final Christmas gift for the man they called "The Chief." Snowflakes fell on the two fire engines--a truck and a hook and ladder--parked across the street from the funeral home in Harlem on Friday. Inside, filling a cramped room, firefighters wearing rubber boots and sturdy shoes that had climbed thousands of tenement stairs sat on folding chairs. And in a plain, blue casket--wearing a dark suit with a white carnation in the lapel--lay Alex Davis. No one really knew how old he was.
NEWS
December 16, 1989 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Father Bruce Ritter's network of runaway shelters has made him a hero to millions, a beacon of hope on the nation's most troubled streets. Just a month ago, no less a fan than former President Ronald Reagan dropped by Ritter's New York Covenant House shelter to offer his own hard-luck story as an inspiration to the youths there. When a temporary Covenant House office opened in Hollywood early this year, Los Angeles County supervisors proclaimed "Father Bruce Ritter Day."
NEWS
January 23, 1993 | From Associated Press
The killing of an elderly woman has prompted Gov. Mario M. Cuomo to order state teams into New York City's homeless shelters in search of potentially dangerous people who may belong in hospitals. The searches, begun Thursday, touched off debate over the state's and the city's handling of the mentally ill.
NEWS
November 5, 1990 | United Press International
Five people were arrested Sunday in connection with a bloody rampage against a group of homeless people that left one man dead and nine others injured on Halloween night. Witnesses said that the masked attackers, armed with knives and bats, shouted "Trick or treat!" as they began beating the victims. Four of the five suspects have been charged with murder.
NEWS
December 19, 1988
About 2,500 activists converged on Columbus Circle in New York for a massive housing rights march led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the same day a homeless man was found dead in what was believed to be the city's sixth weather-related death of the cold season.
NEWS
February 26, 1989
New York City has implemented a new policy to transfer psychiatric patients from city hospitals directly to homeless shelters to relieve overcrowding in psychiatric wards, officials said. "We are going to try it on a small scale," said First Deputy Mayor Stanley Brezenoff. "If it doesn't work, we won't continue it." Dr. Luis Marcos, vice president for mental hygiene at the city's Health and Hospitals Corp.
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January 24, 1990 | Reuters
City officials searched Tuesday for the identity of a homeless man who police said was beaten to death on a subway platform in an altercation with a man returning home from a movie with his 3-year-old son. Rodney Sumter, a 39-year-old plumber, was charged with manslaughter and released without bail. Police said that on Sunday night the homeless man spat toward the Sumters, then took a swing at the elder Sumter and missed. A fight started and police said Sumter began pummeling the other man.
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October 31, 2000 | JOHN CLARK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Noel Coward once famously wrote that only "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun." So maybe it's not surprising that it's an Englishman sitting across the table from me at a coffee shop cheerfully saying, "I loved it down there. Absolutely loved it."
NEWS
December 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it is taking control of millions of dollars in federal funds for the homeless in New York City after complaints that money has been blocked to numerous groups critical of the policies of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. The move marks the first time the agency has taken such action against a city because of the way the money is distributed, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said in Manhattan.
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December 7, 1999 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The homeless issue, all but forgotten in the city's booming revival, has come roaring back in the days since a man smashed a woman's head with a brick on a busy midtown street. It has also become the first hot-button issue in the expected U.S. Senate race between Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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December 2, 1999 | Reuters
A homeless man charged with bashing a young woman's head with a brick in New York last month was ordered held without bail Wednesday in a crime that sparked a controversial crackdown on homeless people sleeping on the streets. Paris Drake, 32, was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Nov. 16 attack in midtown Manhattan on Nicole Barrett, 27, originally from Athens, Texas. Drake denied involvement in the crime.
NEWS
November 21, 1999 | Associated Press
City officials plan a crackdown on people who sleep on the streets after a random attack on a woman by an apparently homeless man. "Streets do not exist in civilized societies for the purpose of people sleeping there," Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Friday.
NEWS
July 12, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The former head of a nonprofit home for the mentally disabled in New York City squandered public funds on huge raises and nepotism while allowing residents to live in vile conditions, according to a state report. Marie Chantal Joseph, the former executive director of Project Independence of Queens Inc., "abused the public trust placed in her and neglected and financially exploited the eight [resident] adults . . .
NEWS
December 2, 1999 | Reuters
A homeless man charged with bashing a young woman's head with a brick in New York last month was ordered held without bail Wednesday in a crime that sparked a controversial crackdown on homeless people sleeping on the streets. Paris Drake, 32, was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Nov. 16 attack in midtown Manhattan on Nicole Barrett, 27, originally from Athens, Texas. Drake denied involvement in the crime.
NEWS
December 18, 1991 | BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here they come, making their meager way: the unlucky, the slow, the palsied, the incomplete of limbs, the loosed from jobs and the cast out of homes, the covered with sores, the street dudes, the boozers and dope fiends, the addled by interior voices, the eroded of spirit and the gut-shot by life. Manhattan may be the nation's capital of high finance, but what is most conspicuous are the sorry transactions of hand-to-mouth existence. Arms forage through the trash for soda cans worth a nickel.
NEWS
February 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Homeless people who sleep in city shelters will have to work at city jobs or be expelled, New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said. Critics of making workfare a condition to sleep in shelters say the move would force thousands into the streets. Under workfare, those who receive public aid are required to work at city jobs, including cleaning parks and performing clerical tasks, in exchange for their benefits.
NEWS
November 29, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge ordered New York City to stop denying shelter to homeless families with children without proving first that they have nowhere else to live. The city must make sure that other housing is available to homeless families before denying them shelter, and then it must tell families in writing why they have been rejected, State Supreme Court Justice Helen Freedman said.
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