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NY City relies on housing programme it deplores

400 private apartment buildings house over 3,000 homeless families as city administration struggles to accommodate an overflowing homeless population
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 05:50
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Dwellers (above) at the Clarkson Avenue residence, one of the private apartment buildings in New York that house families for whom the city's shelters have no room, and where residents have complained of mould and pest infestations.
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Dwellers at the Clarkson Avenue residence (above), one of the private apartment buildings in New York that house families for whom the city's shelters have no room, and where residents have complained of mould and pest infestations.

New York

BEYOND the unlocked front doors of 60 Clarkson Ave in Brooklyn, the lobby is a half-lit cavern, its ornate plaster mouldings and patterned floor smeared with dirt. The windows gape onto a courtyard dense with weeds and trash. On the days when it comes at all, the elevator smells