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LAS Praises City Decision to Pause Removal of Homeless New Yorkers

The Legal Aid Society welcomed the City’s announced that it has temporarily paused all shelter transfers while officials negotiate with advocates on next steps for residents of the Lucerne Hotel, Long Island City Plaza Hotel, Harmonia Shelter, and Flatlands Shelter, as reported by NBC New York.

Legal Aid has called on the City to ensure that it has properly assess each resident’s need and provided the necessary accommodation, and if the City fails to meet this obligation, Legal Aid would file litigation in court.

“We continue to negotiate on next steps and we hope the City will arrive at a solution that ensures that every New Yorker in a shelter can be safe and healthy and receives the accommodations that they are entitled to as prescribed by law,” reads a statement from Legal Aid Society. “If the City falls short of this legal obligation, we will sue in court.”