The Legal Aid Society is commending an order by Mayor Adams that will suspend the “90-day rule” that forces people to go into the shelter system and reside there for three months before even being eligible for CityFHEPS, a local housing voucher program.
“We have long advocated for an end to the arbitrary and punitive ‘90-day rule’ and expansion of eligibility for CityFEHPS to residents of all City shelters, and welcome the changes announced by the Adams Administration,” said Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society.
However, Goldiner cautioned that this action must not supplant enacting the package of comprehensive CityFHEPS reforms recently passed by the Council that would improve housing stability for the thousands of New Yorkers who are experiencing or on the verge of homelessness.
“Following Albany’s failure to advance any significant housing policy this session to address the state’s unprecedented housing crisis, it’s now incumbent on Mayor Adams to sign these crucial bills into law immediately,” she said.
Last Updated: 16 June 2023
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