Court tosses out strict NYC homeless shelter rules

November 26, 2013 By Jonathan Lemire Associated Press
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New York state’s highest court is striking down a city plan to impose strict new requirements on people trying to enter homeless shelters.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration aimed to require homeless adults to prove they had no other housing options in order to gain admittance to a city-run shelter.

The Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the city did not follow procedure in implementing the change.

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That policy long applied to homeless families. The Department of Homeless Services tried to expand it to individuals in 2011.

The City Council sued to stop the plan, which had never gone into effect.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn praised the ruling. Administration officials did not immediately comment.

More than 50,000 people currently use the city’s shelters.

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