Governor Of New York Supports Ending Right To Shelter in NYC

Last week, New York’s Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul threw her support behind New York City’s effort to suspend the Right to Shelter requirement for the city to provide emergency housing to the homeless now that migrants are overwhelming the city’s shelters, the Associated Press reported.

The right-to-shelter requirement has been in place in New York City for over 40 years following a legal settlement that required New York to provide temporary housing to all of the city’s homeless.

New York City, which has been seeking to roll back the right-to-shelter requirement, filed papers in court this month requesting a suspension of the requirement in light of the rapid influx of migrants.

Last Wednesday, the state filed in support of the city’s court challenge, saying the city’s request to suspend the requirement is reasonable.

Governor Hochul told reporters last Thursday she didn’t see how the requirement could be interpreted as “an open invitation to 8 billion people who live on this planet” telling them if they can make it to the streets of New York City, the city is obliged “to provide you with a hotel room or shelter.”

Mayor Eric Adams has asked a court to allow New York City to suspend the requirement when there is a rapid increase in single adults in shelters leading to a housing emergency.

Additionally, New York City tightened its shelter rules to only allow adult migrants to remain in a city-run facility for 30 days.

However, not everyone supports the city’s request for a suspension.

Dave Giffen from the Coalition for the Homeless warned that if a court agrees and allows the city to suspend the requirement, New York City “will be closing the door” on thousands of homeless people as well, leaving them no choice but to sleep in the streets.