New York City has people experiencing homelessness living in shelters, streets, parks, and subways. For the past four decades the situation has been extremely difficult to overcome. Recently, the increasing number of asylees and migrants has added to the situation.
Watch this important discussion featuring lawyers and advocates, a documentarian, and a person who formerly was homeless and learn about the history of homelessness in NYC and what can be done to address this situation.
Norman Siegel (Bio), civil rights lawyer, a founding partner in the law firm Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans, a former Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, co-founder of the Street Homeless Advocacy Project.
Robert Hayes (Bio), lawyer, President and CEO of the Community Health Care Network, co-founder of the Coalition for the Homeless, co-founder of the Street Homeless Advocacy Project. Robert brought the Callahan v. Carey case that established the right to shelter under the New York State Constitution in 1979.
Sherman Jackson (Bio) beat the odds in many respects, coming from a single parent household in the South Bronx, to studying journalism at Columbia University, to serving as an on-air reporter on NBC. He has held several jobs in both federal and city government. Sherman will explain how someone with that background winds up in a homeless shelter.
Read more about the Street Homeless Advocacy Project at Gothamist.
Read more about Sherman’s story at the New York Daily News.
Watch Tadia’s documentary Broke Unhousing online: