NEWYORK — The Legal Aid Association and the Coalition for the Homeless are vowing to sue New York City for breaking the law after at least fifty people were denied beds in a homeless shelter.
As CBS2 reports, Alecia Reid of CBS2, everyone has the right to secure housing in New York City, but the Department of Homeless Services failed to meet its obligations Monday night because of at least 60 man was denied bed at a City of Manhattan receiving facility. The Department of Homeless Services held a closed-door meeting Tuesday to discuss why that happened.
The Legal Aid Association said DHS told them the bed was available, but there was an operational problem.
Joshua Goldfein, with the Legal Aid Society, said: “In this case, New York City couldn’t find a bed for the people who needed it.
Third, the Legal Aid Association and the Homeless Coalition warned DHS that it will go to court if the city doesn’t comply with the law. DHS told the Legal Aid Association that beds were available, but an administrative error indicated otherwise. This is not the first time that has happened.
“We see single adults all the time being assigned a bed and being put to bed, and then it turns out, at the shelter, they’re going to say, sorry, there’s no room here tonight, and then they had to scramble to find it, said Goldfein.
Lenorza Evans, a veteran experiencing homelessness, says he was once denied a bed.
“It’s a shame. People get killed in the streets. You’re scared,” he said.
Some of the men whose beds were denied were recent migrants who were brought to New York City on buses.
“They come here with nothing but clothes on their backs. They really just want to go to work. They want to get on with their lives,” Goldfein said.
From Tuesday’s meeting, the Legal Aid Association said DHS is planning to add 100 more beds at a hotel it is currently using, will add 200 more beds by temporarily moving its shelter women have extra beds into men’s residences and supplement the hundreds of existing emergency beds. websites.
But Goldfein says a long-term solution is needed.
“Cities can create space by moving people who have been staying temporarily into permanent housing, and then they will have more apartments that they can use and they will not face a crisis. I’m running out of bed,” he said.
This is not the first time the Legal Aid Association has threatened to take the city to court. They sued again in 2009 and won, leading DHS to add 1,000 more beds to its shelter system.
CBS2 has reached out to DHS for comment. So far, we have not received a response.