Should the NYC comptroller audit PATH?

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The Fortune Society is helping men learn how to tie a necktie. More than 50 formerly incarcerated men and others took part in a May 2 workshop in New York City devoted to the art of the half-Windsor, according to a press release. By teaching them how to do it, the hope is that the men will build a little confidence and gain a key, but often-overlooked, advantage in the job-hunting process.


Breakthrough New York Raised more than $900,000 at an April 30 event in New York City. More than 350 people attended the event, where they were put to the test in a trivia competition called “Are You Smarter Than a Breakthrough Student?” William Clark, vice chairman of global corporate banking at J.P. Morgan, and Michael Dawley, chairman of the National Futures Association, were honored at the event.


The Institute for Community Living has received a $1.37 million contract from the New York City Department of Social Services. The one-year contract will fund through December 2019 scatter-site housing and services for people living with AIDS/HIV, according to the City Record.


A new video by The Children’s Village spotlights The WAY Home program. The story began in 1984 when the Dobbs Ferry-based nonprofit developed a model for providing counselors and mentors to help youth develop independent living skills. Now, the program gives two years of assistance to young people who have left foster care. In some cases,  the program also provides five years of support.

The story of Da'Janei shows what it is all about:


WIN President Christine Quinn wants New York City to audit a city homeless intake center. The former City Council president is specifically asking city Comptroller Scott Stringer to audit the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing intake center. A recent report by the nonprofit found that a complicated eligibility process makes it hard for families to access homeless services, especially after a full day of screening and a long travel time to the Bronx.

“Our city is experiencing the worst housing affordability crisis in its history. However, when homeless families reach out to the city for support, they’re forced to undergo a grueling intake experience that too often leads to unnecessary rejection, prolonging trauma,” Quinn said in a press release. “We can no longer ignore the links between our city’s surging homelessness crisis and the difficulties families face in finding stable, affordable housing. We need to remain focused on implementing reforms that are tailored to the problems they face.”

Read more here from the Daily News.

The Westchester Community Foundation has released $222,600 in new grants to 10 nonprofits. The money will benefit programming for youth development, human services, art, and other causes. One $50,000 grant went to Lifting Up Westchester, which will use the funding to prepare homeless for stable housing, according to a May 2 press release. See the foundation’s full 2019 grants list here.