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Urban Investigation Final Presentation: Who decides where homeless shelters go?

With a record 54,667 homeless people in New York City today, there is a serious need for shelters in the city. The Department of Homeless Services has to open up shelters on a regular basis to keep up with the demand for a safe place to sleep. But who decides where homeless shelters go? And why are some boroughs taking on more shelters than others?

CUP and teaching artist Patrick Rowe tackled this question with a group of public high school students from College Now at Hostos Community College. Our latest Urban Investigation explores the decision-making process for siting homeless shelters in New York City. The students interviewed a Community Board District Manager, a City Council Member, representatives from an advocacy group, and the Department of Homeless Services. They share their findings in a collage-tastic poster.

Join us for the debut of our project at the renowned Bronx Museum where students will discuss their creative process and distribute free copies of the poster.

Wednesday, August 27 at 7 pm
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York
D or B trains to the 167th Street station, 4 train to the 161th Street/Yankee Stadium station.

Free and open to the public. All attendees receive a free copy of the poster. RSVP here by Tuesday, August 26 at 5 pm to reserve your spot.

Major support for this program was provided by Deutsche Bank. Additional support was provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.