EXCLUSIVE | NYC agency leaders hear directly from homeless New Yorkers at first-of-its-kind symposium

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The Department of Social Services (DSS) held a special day-long, first-of-its-kind symposium Wednesday in which speakers from all walks of life discussed the current state of homelessness in New York City and how the unhoused can be better cared for in the months and years to come.

The symposium spearheaded by DSS Commissioner Gary Jenkins, lasted from noon to 5:30 p.m. at 4 World Trade Center and was dubbed “Beyond Poverty, Real People, Real Solutions.” The event saw city and state DSS officials, Mayor Eric Adams, and those with lived experience on the street meet, enabling shelter residents to rub shoulders with top City and DSS officials.

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