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

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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