Helping Hands News

  • New York City’s Spending on Homeless Hits $3.2 Billion in 2019

    According to a report released by Comptroller Scott Stringer, spending on homelessness services in New York City has more than doubled to $3.2 billion from fiscal year 2014 to 2019. The spending boost combined with an increase in the shelter population has raised budgetary concerns for Mr. Stringer’s office, which has placed homeless-services agencies on a spending watch list for the second year in a row. The new report showed that shelter costs have more than doubled to $1.9 billion between fiscal years 2014 and 2019. A spokeswoman, Jane Meyer, for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that after decades of underfunding, the administration has made unprecedented investments to prevent and address homelessness. Evictions are down 37%, meaning fewer people have had to enter shelters, and 115,000 New Yorkers have moved out of shelters or avoided shelter since 2014.

  • SUNY Announces Emergency Aid to Support Degree Completion Among Students
    December 18, 2017

    The State University of New York and the SUNY Impact Foundation today announced the launch of a student emergency aid pilot program at seven SUNY campuses supported by more than $600,000 in donations from the Gerstner Family Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children. These funds will be awarded to students experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship or emergency situation, with the goal of keeping more students on track toward graduation.

  • Tech Billionaire Pledges $36 Million To Start Harvey Relief Charity
    September 5, 2017

    Michael Dell, founder and CEO of computer giant Dell Inc., said he and his wife Susan would donate $36 million from their foundation to help Texas recover from Harvey’s catastrophic flooding. The donation―the largest single contribution to a Harvey relief organization yet―will found the Rebuild Texas Fund. Dell said the new organization would work with Texas-based OneStar Foundation to raise $100 million. The fund has secured partnerships with big corporate and charity names, including Walmart, Gerstner Family Foundation and Verizon.