Daniel Neiditch’s Blog

The Cost of ‘Sheltering’ The Homeless May Be Too High

A question I hear a lot when I’m talking about homelessness in New York, is: “why don’t the homeless just stay in shelters?” It is more complex than many New Yorkers imagine–both the problems and the purported solutions. For me, the more important question is: ‘why shelters at all?’ As someone who has spent a lot of time with the homeless–as a volunteer EMT and as someone who lived on the streets for 3 nights–I know firsthand how we have failed our homeless population. Providing shelters, both private and public, may seem like a solution for those who aren’t homeless, but for those who are, [...]

By | February 28th, 2017|

6 Ways to Pay it Forward in Your New York Community

This post was originally featured on HuffingtonPost.com There’s no place on Earth quite like New York City. Its energy and opportunity attract millions of people who want to be part of the Big Apple, and to those millions, the city gives so much. Actors, artists, businessmen, and professionals all benefit from everything New York has to offer. The same people who thrive from the city’s many gifts are also the people who make New York a place who give back to others. With so many ways to give back, paying it forward is easier than you’d think. Tutor with Masa Masa, a Bronx-based organization dedicated [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|

Study: New Yorkers Are Roughly 1 Paycheck Away From Homelessness

New York City is famous the world over for its glitz and glamour, featured in all sorts of popular entertainment from movies to television shows. Yet not all that glitters is gold. Life in paradise is much harder than one may think. In fact, many New Yorkers are one paycheck away from homelessness, forced into a monthly catch-22--a cycle causing of perpetual anxiety.

By | December 20th, 2016|

I Was Homeless for 3 Nights in NYC – This is What I Learned

This post was originally featured on HuffingtonPost.com Paramedics and EMTs have a lot of exposure to people living on the streets. Some are hardened by these experiences, but I don’t know a single EMT who hasn’t been forever changed. As a volunteer EMT myself, I have seen far too many homeless people die from the elements. It’s one of the reasons I slept on the streets of NYC for three nights in winter. I wanted to talk to the people living in these conditions, put myself in their shoes, and see if I could do any good. When I was a child, there was a [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|

For Landlords With Subsidized Units in NYC — Hindsight is 80/20

As a real estate developer and a volunteer EMT, I see things other developers don’t get to see: that the homeless people dying in the streets aren’t invisible. To me, the homeless aren’t a “problem”, they’re a product of a bigger issue, one that NYC hasn’t begun to figure out how to solve. Because New York is overcrowded, there exists a severe housing crisis - at least an affordable housing crisis. This translates to a frenzy that often leaves the disabled and homeless out in the cold, literally. One way NYC has been providing affordable housing for tenants is through the 80/20 program, but even [...]

By | November 13th, 2016|

Preparing Homeless Children to Return to School

NYC Public School kids return to their classrooms on September 8. Generally, back to school time is filled with both sadness of summer coming to an end, and excitement regarding the start of a new chapter and connecting with friends. Yet for some of New York’s most vulnerable groups, those living with extreme poverty, returning to school can be altogether unpleasant because of need. Impoverished children are more likely to battle with the summer slide (a term describing a situation in which children regress during the summer due to a lull in practicing learned skills) and a host of other issues related to their economic [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|