Court Rules Single NY’ers Don’t Have To Prove Homelessness

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A court has ruled that single New Yorkers who are homeless don’t have to prove they have no other options before they enter a city shelter.

Tuesday’s decision in Manhattan’s State Supreme court is in response to a proposal that would have required people to show they’re truly homeless, with documents if possible.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn calls the ruling a “tremendous victory.”

The council voted in December to sue Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration over the policy proposed by the city’s Department of Homeless Services. The city delayed enacting it pending the court review.

1010 WINS Reporter Stan Brooks Reports…

Homeless advocacy groups have also been against the policy.

“In the single adult system, you have a much higher rate of mental illness and other underlying issues,” Mary Brosnahan, executive director Coalition for the Homeless said last year. “Many of these people have either come directly from the street or will be sent right back out to the street, so our big fear is that this could be a death sentence for many people.”

But Bloomberg has defended the policy, saying in November that the government does not have the money to provide services to people who don’t need them.

Quinn says the administration did not consult the council or the public about a policy she says would have put thousands more New Yorkers on the street.

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  • Piper

    People don’t care about people, families don’t care about each other and most abuse, undermine, constantly pick fights just to call police and try to have them removed or put out, assault and refuse to put members on leases so member can obtain an apt in the building advocates and mediators cannot get you on a lease. People believe homeless don’t deserve assistance but deserve to be punished and don’t want to help you succeed and refuse to be job references, apartment or training references and certainly want nothing to do with homeless references. You are socially outcast and isolated and abandoned. So requiring a letter for shelter is impossible

  • Piper

    Is it due to politicians religious beliefs, or ideas of women kept barefoot and pregnant to force procreation in order to award FEPS and free college?
    Normal non issue single adults unable to maintain stable decent paying jobs or afford college in Americas crisis era need separate SRO’S, shelters or should be directly placed in to very low income housing. Money paid to shelters per person annually could be applied to apt rent and adjusted according to earnings.

  • The Realist

    “Homeless advocacy groups” – or, as Rudy Giuliani called them, the POVERTY INDUSTRY.

  • Zane Grey

    Who would want to live in a homeless shelter if they had another choice?

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