Appeals Court: Bloomberg Administration Wrong on Homeless Policy Change

The policy, proposed in 2011, would have required those seeking shelter to prove they had no other option

By Melissa Russo
|  Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013  |  Updated 10:53 AM EDT
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Court Blocks NYC's Homeless Policy Proposal

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NYC Shelter Seekers Must Prove Homelessness Under New Policy

The Department of Homeless Services is changing its policy this month to require new applicants at homeless shelters.

Court Blocks NYC's Homeless Policy Proposal

On Tuesday, a judge ruled the city violated procedure in trying to change homeless shelter policy to require adults to prove they have no other options. The City Council had sued Mayor Bloomberg's administration over the plan change. Melissa Russo reports.
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An appeals court ruled Tuesday that Mayor Bloomberg's administration did not follow procedure when it sought to change the city's homeless policy by requiring people seeking beds at city shelters to prove they have no other options.

The ruling by the Court of Appeals affirms lower court decisions on the policy, which was never put into effect. The change in homeless operations was proposed in 2011, but delayed after NBC 4 New York first reported about the plan and the City Council sought to stop it.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn sued the Bloomberg administration over the policy, claiming officials failed to give proper advance notice of the rule change as required under the law.
 
The appeals court agreed in an opinion issued Tuesday.
 
Quinn said in a statement Tuesday that the decision by the state's highest court was "an important victory, not only for New York City's homeless adults, but also for the principles of openness and accountability" in city law.
 
The mayor's office did not immediately comment.

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