Category Archives: Social and Community Services

Bloomberg Administration Renews Plan to Close Two City-Run Immunization Clinics, Leaving Just One Open

Posted by Doug Turetsky, December 6, 2013 When New Yorkers look back on the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, many are likely to think of the numerous public health initiatives. Indoor and outdoor bans on smoking. Calorie counts on menus. Eliminating transfats. And campaigns against salt and supersized sodas. So it may come as a […]

Homelessness Up Locally, Down Nationally: But Federal Cutbacks May Soon Drive Up Numbers Coast to Coast

Posted by Doug Turetsky, October 24, 2013 New York City often bucks national trends. That can be a good thing, like when we add jobs following a recession at far faster rate than the rest of the country. But sometimes it’s not so good. Take the issue of homelessness. Nationally, the number of homeless people […]

Homeless for the Holidays, and Beyond

Posted by Doug Turetsky, January 7, 2013   Photo Credit: Flickr/-LucaM- Photograph   Last month, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released a report that offered a discouraging view of homelessness across the country. Among 25 cities participating in a survey by the organization, 15 said the number of homeless in their communities had been increasing […]

State Cuts to the Court System Likely to Carry a Price Tag for the City

Posted by Bernard O’Brien, July 27, 2011 New York State’s budget for this year includes $170 million in savings from cuts to the Office of Court Administration, which has already resulted in the layoff of more than 400 state court system employees, or about 2.5 percent of the system’s workforce statewide. But savings realized by […]

Recession’s Divide: Food Stamp Caseload Soars, Welfare Caseload Does Not

Posted by Paul Lopatto, September 13, 2010 In stark contrast to the limited effect of the recent economic downturn on the public assistance caseload, the recession has contributed to a relative explosion in the city’s food stamp caseload. Following years of slow growth, food stamp enrollment began to accelerate in the early part of 2008. […]

Some Community Board Budget Priorities Face Budget Axe, Again

Posted by Eddie Vega, June 4, 2010 As part of the city’s budget process, New York’s 59 Community Boards are provided surveys each year that ask them to rank, by order of importance, government services in their districts. The survey lists 90 services provided by 24 public agencies. This year 46 Community Boards, two less […]

Can the City’s Investment in Electronic Medical Records Net Health and Cost Benefits?

Posted by Jenna Libersky, February 11, 2010 As they wrangle over health care reform in Washington, one of the tools that policymakers count on to lower costs while improving medical outcomes is expanding the use of electronic health records. But well before national health reform took center stage, New York City embraced this technological tool. […]

Program Changes Become Roadblocks to Meals and Other Senior Services

Posted by Nashla Salas, November 19, 2009 When the Bloomberg Administration started reorganizing services for older adults about a year and half ago, it began with two fundamental programs funded by the Department for the Aging: case management and home-delivered meals. The agency realigned its case management system for evaluating and coordinating services for seniors, […]

City’s Food Stamp Enrollment Surges

Posted by Paul Lopatto, October 22, 2009 Earlier this week it was widely reported that the number of homeless families had hit a record high in the city. Less noticed has been another record increase: As of August there were nearly 1.6 million New Yorkers on the food stamp rolls. The rapid increase in food […]

Will Mounting City Job Losses Lead to Soaring Welfare Rolls? Maybe Not.

Posted by Paul Lopatto, February 2, 2009 The New York Times reported this morning that despite rising unemployment, public assistance rolls in 30 states declined or remained flat in 2008, while 20 states had an increase in their welfare caseloads. Does an increase in job losses necessarily lead to an increase in the welfare rolls? […]