NYCHA Pledges $200 to Riis Households In Wake of Botched Arsenic Alert

Riis residents who have spoken with City Limits since the Sept. 2 incident, in which they were incorrectly told their taps may be contaminated, have described spending hundreds of dollars on prepared food and using food stamps to purchase packaged water. Several said they visited their doctors to undergo blood testing, while parents said they have continued to use bottled water to bathe their babies and young children.

VIDEO: Homeless Families Are Waiting Longer in NYC Shelters. Here Are Their Stories

Dirty bath water and a slew of apartment rejections test the faith of three single moms trying to get out of the city’s homeless shelter system. After 14 months, Johanna Garcia finally found an apartment for her and her children—but the journey wasn’t easy, and the average length of stay in shelter for families like hers is only getting longer, new data shows.

Bill to Require Mental Health Staff at Family Shelters Spurs Worry Over ‘Unintended Effects’

Supporters of the legislation, which would require the city to fund the placement of mental health professionals on-site at all homeless shelters with children, say it would increase access to care for families experiencing the crisis of housing insecurity. But some advocates worry it could inadvertently ensnare more low-income families in the child welfare system.

Lo que necesita saber sobre: ¿qué recursos están disponibles para los solicitantes de asilo recién llegados a la ciudad de Nueva York?

La ciudad calcula que unos 7.600 solicitantes de asilo han llegado en autobuses desde la frontera en los últimos meses. Muchos no saben dónde encontrar comida, ropa y otros servicios disponibles, por lo que City Limits ha preparado esta guía de recursos para ayudarles a navegar la ciudad después de hablar con decenas de ellos.