RIP Kimio Williams
March 31, 2017
One-year-old dies after falling unconscious at homeless shelter
A 1-year old girl died Friday after she was found unconscious inside of a Queens homeless shelter, police said.
Cops found little Kimio Williams unresponsive inside a Quality Inn on Queens Boulevard in Woodside that doubled as a family homeless shelter around 1:55 p.m.
RIP Ibanez and Scylee Ambrose
December 8, 2016
Deaths of Bronx girls show city must end cluster site housing to improve safety at homeless shelters
This week, we saw the fatal consequences of the horrific negligence of the cluster site shelter program. Two little girls lost their lives because the cluster site program placed them in a building owned by Moshe Piller, the fourth worst landlord on my 2015 Worst Landlords Watchlist and the tenth worst landlord on our 2014 list. There are multiple lawsuits against Piller for subjecting tenants to dangerous and unsanitary conditions and for rent overcharges. The administration ignored these red flags and placed the Ambrose family and four other families in the building regardless.
New York City should never do business with landlords who have so many violations against their buildings that they merit a spot on the Worst Landlords List or landlords that have any serious history of hazardous conditions.
December 7, 2016
Two toddlers die after suffering steam burns in NYC shelter
“We’ve lost two more of our youngest, most vulnerable New Yorkers. It comes as the homeless population has just reached yet another record high, and the number of children in the DHS system is soaring. We have to do better,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer.
October 19, 2016
Probe Underway in Death of Homeless Baby in Riverdale
The head of the city’s homeless services agency has launched a full investigation into the death of a newborn baby inside a pop-up shelter in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
February 12, 2016
De Blasio banned the opening of more homeless shelters
RIP Zianna Sykes, Maliyah Sykes and Rebecca Cutler
Mayor de Blasio personally banned the opening of new shelters in 2014 because of community backlash — and instead told officials to put homeless families in less secure hotels like the one where a mom and two kids were slaughtered Wednesday on Staten Island, The Post has learned.
De Blasio issued the edict during a meeting with Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli and Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor — both of whom later resigned amid the growing homeless crisis, a DHS official said.
June 11, 2015
City Investigating Death of 4-Year-Old Who May Have Eaten Rat Poison
“I will also expedite a cross-agency city effort, started in April, to review conditions at a random sample of DHS’ shelter facilities including private buildings where homeless families are placed,” Barrios-Paoli said in an email. “Lastly, I’ve requested a review of all DHS cases currently involving ACS.”
March 8, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan homeless shelter overseen by Cuomo’s sister cited for repeated safety issues culminating in infant’s death
HELP then missed its July 13 deadline to submit a “corrective report” explaining how they would address the problems. It arrived a month later, and was rejected. Finally on Sept. 12, DHS approved HELP’s plan.
After the infant’s death, HELP USA said they “redoubled” instructions on “safe sleeping,” inspected every piece of equipment and made modifications per the city’s instructions.
RIP Linayjah Merlado
October 27, 2014
Mother kills daughter in Briarwood homeless shelter: DA
Latoya Curry, a resident of the Briarwood Family Residence at 80-20 134 St., was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Saturday after her 4-year-old daughter, Linayjah Merlado, died on Friday, a day after she was allegedly brutally beaten by her mother.
Oct 20, 2014
New York City Studying Child Safety at Shelters After a Death
If there was any sign that Jeida Torres was in danger, it went unreported, and none of New York’s systems put in place to protect children from harm had been alerted, according to city and law enforcement officials.