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The Unhoused Don’t Want to “Go Back to Normal”

How NYC is going backward on housing.

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Episode Notes

During the height of the pandemic, New York City put up some of its homeless population in the city’s empty hotels. Now, as the city comes back to life, the program is ending—but the city’s unhoused population doesn’t want to go “back to normal”

Guest: Jacquelyn Simone, senior policy analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.