by: Adam Roberts
Registration is now open for HOPE 2018, the NYC Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) annual volunteer-led counting of homeless living on the streets. The Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) count is essential for DHS to understand where and how to best provide resources to this vulnerable population.
Volunteers are needed from approximately 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM the night of the January 22, 2018. Just one night of your time will help DHS collect critical information to help people move from the streets and into a safe, stable environment. DHS will provide a brief training before groups go out onto the streets.
AIANY is proud to continue its longstanding partnership with DHS by participating in this important event. AIANY members and staff will be gathering at the NYC Department of Homeless Services (33 Beaver St, 18th fl) at 10:30 PM. Training begins at 11:00 PM so you must arrive early to sign in. Though you may participate at any number of sites listed on the registration page, we encourage you to join us at DHS.
Continue here for registration. Please be sure to let Adam Roberts, Gov. Affairs Coordinator, know where you register so we can keep track of our members signing up. You may reach Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-358-6116.
- AIANY congratulates Council Member Corey Johnson for being selected as the next Speaker of the New York City Council. Speaker Johnson represents part of Manhattan’s West Side, including the area around the Center for Architecture. We are particularly excited to have our neighbor and a fellow Manhattanite serving as Speaker.
- On 01.08.18, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro. 1632, which requires that energy efficiency grades be posted on buildings. AIANY worked hard to ensure the passage of this law, which will make the general public more aware of the importance of sustainable design.
- On 12.18.17 Governor Cuomo vetoed A.5750/S.5600, which would have instituted Qualifications Base Selection (QBS) for New York State public authorities and public benefit corporations. QBS is a procurement process by which selection for architectural or engineering projects is determined by the qualifications of the firm without initially factoring in price. AIANY will continue fighting for the importance of good design, and will therefore work with the Governor’s office to ensure that a future QBS bill is signed into law.
- Local Law 196 of 2017 will require that workers at various types of construction sites receive site safety training. This training will begin to be required starting on 03.01.2018. The NYC Department of Buildings has added additional information sessions to provide guidance regarding the requirements of the legislation. Registration is still open for the 02.21.18 and 03.09.18 sessions.