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Court Strikes Down Bloomberg's Stringent Shelter Requirements

Court Strikes Down Bloomberg's Stringent Shelter Requirements

(Christopher Robbins) New York state's highest appellate court has struck down rules created by the Bloomberg administration that make it tougher for those in need to enter the city's shelter system.

While the ruling itself [PDF] is based on the Department of Homeless Services implementing the policy without proper approval from the City Council, the six judges conclude that the "concrete provisions substantially curtail, if not eliminate, an intake worker's discretion to grant Temporary Housing Assistance benefits." The City had argued that the rules allowed DHS workers a degree of leeway with applying them to New Yorkers seeking housing assistance, and therefore didn't require the Council's assent.

Read More: Gothamist

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