Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Steven Banks as Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) in 2014. Commissioner Banks is a key leader in implementing Mayor de Blasio's agenda to expand opportunity for more New Yorkers, address income inequality, and ensure that New Yorkers receive the benefits and assistance to which they are entitled. He is credited with helping reach a landmark settlement with the City in 2008 over its treatment of homeless children and adults, which resulted in the establishment of a permanent enforceable right to shelter for homeless families in New York City.
Shelter for All
On April 16, join us for drinks and debate with Commissioner Steven Banks and the 2018 Forefront Fellows on addressing New York City’s homelessness crisis.
Over the past year, Forefront Fellows investigated how to turn the tide on homelessness, from the design of homeless shelters to the root causes of precarious housing. In partnership with the Department of Homeless Services, Fellows visited 15 homeless shelters, engaged 60 subject matter experts and developed design guidelines to improve existing shelters citywide.
In the second phase, Fellows independently partnered with community-based organizations to study the prison-to-shelter pipeline, management of public space, supportive housing development, and broader systemic causes.
Following a keynote presentation from Commissioner Steven Banks, and quick-fire presentations from the Fellows, guests will break into focused discussions on the Fellows’ original design and policy proposals.
Guest policy ↓
The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Forum Fellows are welcome to invite one additional guest to attend.
Our Sponsors ↓
This program is made possible through the support of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and our Director’s Circle.
Shape our inquiry on urban design and homelessness by becoming a program sponsor. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0550 email@example.com.
About Forefront ↓
This is the final event of our Shelter for All Forefront Fellowship, a fellowship cultivating twenty diverse and emerging leaders in urban design, policy and development. Each year, 20 interdisciplinary individuals are selected to investigate how design can address a critical challenge facing New York City.
Learn about our 2019 fellowship, Turning the Heat, exploring how urban design can confront climate risks facing vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City.