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    and Project Renewal, are two of the agencies that I know about directly, that  have outreach teams that go into the subway tunnels and underground areas of Grand Central.
    They also have MICA and CHEMI specialists, since many of those who live underground have a dual diagnosis and chemical dependencies.  

    Having spent time down there myself doing HIV/AIDS interventions - there are many areas that would not have flooded - some are old work spaces for line workers that are no longer used.

    More in danger are those people who live in cardboard boxes outside, under bypasses - since they would have been soaked and their flimsy housing blown and swept away.  

    There is a police unit that spends time underground, trying to get those living there out and into shelters, and treatment. A lawsuit was filed against NYC in 2003

    Picture the Homeless v. City of New York, No. 02 Civ. 9379 (S.D.N.Y. March 31, 2003).
    The New York Civil Liberties Union brought a § 1983 action on behalf of Picture the Homeless, a grass-roots organization led by homeless and formerly homeless persons, against the city and its police department alleging violations of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment for police harassment of homeless persons.  The plaintiff alleged that the police were targeting homeless persons by arresting them for offenses for which non-homeless persons were not arrested.  The parties settled the suit shortly after it was filed in 2003.  The defendants issued directives to all officers on the Homeless Outreach Unit and the NYPD Transit Bureau forbidding them to enforce laws selectively against homeless people, and, in the case of the Homeless Outreach Unit, to confirm that their primary mission is to provide outreach services to the homeless.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:32:42 PM PDT

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