How to Fight Homelessness
Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 pm

The ever-present debate over how to tackle homelessness in the city has reached a fever pitch in recent months, as New Yorkers question whether their politicians are doing enough to help. In October 2015, it was estimated that more than 59,500 people slept in shelters, with thousands more on the streets. But the difficulty of accurately assessing the number of homeless people, coupled with sensational headlines and political posturing, complicates this pressing issue. Meanwhile, both affordable housing developments and homeless shelters direly need funding. Join us for a conversation with leading advocates in homeless services working on the issue’s forefront to empower those in need. 

Jumaane Williams, Council Member, 45th District, and Chair, Committee on Housing and Buildings
Daniel Tietz, Chief Special Services Officer of New York City’s Human Resources Administration
Lynn Lewis, Executive Director, Picture the Homeless
DeBoRah Dickerson, Spokesperson for Picture the Homeless; herself formerly homeless 
Carl Siciliano, Founder, Ali Forney Center 
Alana Semuels (moderator), Staff Writer at The Atlantic   

This program accompanies our current exhibition, Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Halfand is also part of the Museum's ongoing Activist New York series, made possible by the Puffin Foundation.


Free for Museum members; $16 general public; $12 for students/seniors.


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Public programming for Jacob A. Riis: New York's Other Half Revealed is made possible by the Danish Agency for Culture and the Consulate General of Denmark in New York. This event is co-sponsored by the American Society of Media Photographers New York Chapter, the Henry Street Settlement, Housing Works, the Hudson Guild, the Jacob A. Riis Settlement House, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood HouseProject Hospitality, the Riverdale Neighborhood House, Inc., the School of Visual Arts, the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc., the Union Settelment Association, the United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), University Settlement, the Urban Justice Center, Urban Pathways, and the Xavier Mission.  


Image credits: Jacob A. Riis, Tramp's nest in Baxter Street yard, flashlight at 2am, 1890, Museum of the City of New York; Homeless in the street in New York, © Garry Knigh