Judge: NYC Violated Procedure on Homeless Policy Change

City officials say they will appeal.

By Melissa Russo
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 12:13 AM EDT
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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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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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A judge ruled Tuesday that Mayor Bloomberg's administration did not follow procedure when making controversial changes to the city's homeless policy.

The ruling by the State Supreme Court judge makes the city's new homeless policy invalid for now. Last year, the city sought to change its policy on adults seeking shelter; they would have had to prove they had no other options before they could be granted shelter space.
 

City 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.
 
Quinn said the Department of Homeless Services tried to slip the change under the radar and has called the policy “cruel and punitive.”
 
The court ruling, she said Tuesday in a statement, "is a tremendous victory and I commend the court for its action."
 
Judge Judith Gische heard oral arguments last month
 
City officials say they will appeal the ruling. 

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