On March 13, Commissioner Taylor, along with Dr. Lance Freeman, an expert on youth homeless policy from Columbia University, and Bobby Watts, Executive Director of Care for the Homeless, participated in a public policy education program for over 100 attendees at Baruch College.
The moderator and organizer of the event was Dr. John Goering, who specializes in housing and affordable housing policy at Baruch College.
Commissioner Taylor provided a brief overview of DHS, such as the fact that the agency oversees approximately 250 shelters citywide, and the various populations we serve – from single adults and adult families (couples without minor children) to families with children.
In contrast to other cities across the nation, he noted New York City’s unique right-to-shelter mandate, which requires DHS to give shelter to every eligible homeless family and individual, every night.
In addition, he discussed our around-the-clock outreach programs; the HOPE survey; investing in Homebase – DHS’ homelessness prevention program; and our priority to promote positive long-term outcomes for children in shelter.