Streams

Top Court Rejects Bloomberg's Homeless Policy

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Homeless woman in Lower Manhattan subway station. Homeless woman in Lower Manhattan subway station. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

New York State’s top court on Tuesday blocked the Bloomberg administration's plan to impose new requirements on single adults trying to enter homeless shelters.

In 2011, the Department of Homeless Services said it would require these applicants to prove they did not have other housing options before admitting them to the city's shelter system. The policy was never put in place, because the City Council sued to stop it.

“We are extremely pleased with today’s decision, which prevents the Department of Homeless Services from implementing a policy that would have kept thousands of homeless men and women out of shelter,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

The Court of Appeals didn't make a decision based on the merits of the proposed policy, but it determined the city violated the proper process for implementing the policy.

Thomas Crane, a senior city attorney, said he was disappointed with the court’s decision.

“Shelter should be a last resort, when all other resources have been exhausted,” he said in a statement.

Editors:

Matthew Schuerman

Tags:

More in:

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by