Legal Aid Society


LAS Demands Details on City’s WiFi Plan for NYC Homeless Shelters

The Legal Aid Society called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to release details concerning a recent announcement that his Administration will install WiFi at homeless shelters around New York City, as reported by Gothamist.

Earlier this month, Legal Aid sent a demand letter to the City calling for the installation of broadband-based internet at shelters in response to clients reporting that their children were unable to access virtual learning because of shoddy wifi. Mayor de Blasio made this announcement at a recent press briefing but did not disclose specifics or a timeline.

“The devil is in the details, and while we welcome this announcement, too much time has passed with too little action for us to accept it at face value,” said Susan Horwitz , Supervising Attorney of the Education Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society. “Until Mayor de Blasio and his Administration disclose the specifics of this plan and take meaningful steps to implement it, our young clients will struggle to access remote learning and lose valuable instruction time, while exposing their parents to possible intervention from [the Administration for Children’s Services].”