Shelter Rules Delayed
November 10th, 2011
Correction: Apparently contrary to what we originally reporterd, the court did not order the delay. The city postponed its plans after the Legal Aid Society filed suit to block the new rules. The item has been corrected to reflect that.
The new intake procedures for single adults seeking to enter the city’s shelter system apparently will not go into effect Monday after all.
Although we could not confirm this, a statement from the City Council said that a court has order postponement of After the Legal Aid Society filed suit Thursday, the city reportedly agreed to postpone implementation of the rules until next month. According to the Wall Street Journal, the city did this “because of the possibility of a state judge issuing a preliminary injunction.”
Arguments in the case are now scheduled to begin Dec. 9.
In a statement issued Thursday evening, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, “I am pleased that, as a result of today’s court hearing, the city’s dangerous new policy changing the intake procedure for single adults seeking shelter will not go into effect on Monday. I am encouraged that this matter will be heard by the court, and I continue to call on [the Department of Homeless Services] to permanently reverse course and prevent these harmful changes from going into effect.”
And City Council General Welfare Committee chair Annabel Palma hailed the move as well. “I am pleased with the court’s favorable decision to stop the city from implementing its proposed eligibility changes for single adults. Absence of leadership from the administration on this issue, once again, has the city;s homeless policies shaped more by the court system rather than through collaboration and partnership with stakeholders,” Palma said.By Gail Robinson on November 10, 2011, 6:50 pm
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