By Sarah Matheson

NEW YORK—Wards Island, a short bus ride from 125 Street and Lexington in Harlem, is home to two shelters that supply temporary housing for hundreds of the city’s homeless men.

At the southeast corner of the island, 200 men live in four cottages at the HELP Supportive Employment Center. Some of the men have their own rooms, and the rest share with two or three others. Each year about 700 or 800 men pass through the shelter.

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