A federal judge on Tuesday stopped New York City ‘s push to evacuate 8,000 homeless New Yorkers from hotels and shelters.
The judgment ended after the Legal Aid Society filed a motion accusing the Department of Homeless Services of violating the rights of people with medical and mental health problems.
DHS temporarily barred from moving anyone with a health condition to qualify for a waiver to avoid the shelter system, according to the petitioners.
DHS allegedly failed to perform the necessary health checks, potentially putting homeless people with special needs at risk.
“Today’s decision confirms that the city is rushing to move homeless New Yorkers from the safe location of hotels back to multiple homes without complying with its obligations, risking lives of New York’s most vulnerable residents, ”Legal Aid Society associate Josh Goldfein and Jenner & Block partner Dawn Smalls said in a joint statement Tuesday.
The ruling requires DHS to temporarily suspend the movement of about 5,000 people still housed in 37 emergency hotel accommodations back in the town’s housing system, according to promoters. About 3,000 people staying in 23 hotels during the pandemic have already been evacuated. – READ MORE
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