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Emergency Shelter For Homeless Boys Slated In Utica

(The Catholic Sun, May 27, 2016)
By Tom Maguire, Associate Editor

Grady’s Way will soon be more than just one man’s philosophy of benevolence in Utica.

Grady Faulkner helps troubled students. And in about 18 months, the Grady’s Way emergency shelter for homeless boys ages 12 to 18 is scheduled to open in a three-story red-brick building on Genesee Street.

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Local students who have no place to call home
(Utica Observer Dispatch Sunday Feature Story, Nov. 9, 2014)
By Alissa Scott 
At age 16, Sade Cardin was spending time in and out of homeless shelters. She dropped out of school, was in an abusive relationship and didn’t always know where she would sleep.

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What do youths do when there's nowhere to go?
(Utica Observer Dispatch Sunday Feature (related) Story, Nov. 9, 2014)
By Alissa Scott
“We see a lot of young students having difficulties staying at people’s houses,” said Grady Faulkner, who works in the Utica City School District. “Going from grandma’s house to a cousin’s to friends, but they’re coming to school every day. That’s one thing they always did — go to school. But they never knew where they would lay their head that night.”

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A New Life for Refugees, and the City [Utica, NY] They Adopted
By Susan Hartman
NY Times Aug. 10, 2014

Though precise numbers are hard to come by, perhaps as many as one-fourth of Utica’s population of 62,000 is made up of refugee families, according to Shelly Callahan, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, a nonprofit group that has helped to resettle thousands of refugees for 35 years. The immigrants have been an economic engine for the city, starting small businesses, buying and renovating down-at-the-heels houses and injecting a sense of vitality to forlorn city streets.
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The Utica Observer Dispatch weighs in on strategies for developing/re-developing the housing stock and the community in general in the City of Utica in an prominent editorial piece in the Sunday edition. Affordable housing [is the] key.
Sunday August 7, 2014

Much of the excitement over new housing in the city lately has focused on loft apartments being created by renovating old downtown buildings. That's good, of course, but in our zeal to offer people nice places to live we cannot overlook affordability. Simply, some folks just can't afford the pricier lofts.

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care
by Amanda Aronczyk
July 28, 2014 4:36 AM ET National Public Radio - NPR
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The number of children without homes explodes in state, Albany
By Lauren Stanforth

Times Union
Updated 11:48 am, Monday, June 23, 2014

In a five-year time span, school-age children who were classified as homeless almost doubled in New York state, a trend driven by the recession and family displacements due to Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

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Veterans Seek Help from States and Localities
By DYLAN SCOTT | March 2013

Some states and localities are stepping in to fill the void left by federal aid. One successful model is emerging in Utica, N.Y. Read more here.


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