The Legal Aid Society and Milbank LLP are pleased to announce a settlement in the E.G. et al. v. The City of New York et al. – class action litigation, which was filed last year on behalf of the Coalition for the Homeless and shelter residents with school-age children against the de Blasio Administration for its failure to provide students who reside in City shelters access to reliable internet service so they can attend school remotely.
The Fairness Hearing will now be held remotely at 2 PM on Friday, September 3rd, 2021. The parties and members of the public may access the proceeding by dialing (888) 363-4749 and entering access code 9196964. Please email ShelterWiFiCase@legal-aid.org or call 1-800-649-9125 if you have any questions.
The settlement requires the City to install wireless internet in over 200 shelters housing more than 11,000 school-aged children across the City, so that these children can participate in remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
As of April 1, 2021, the City has installed wireless internet in the vast majority of shelters – roughly 75 percent. For those shelters where installation remains incomplete, the City will undertake significant interim measures and support designed to ensure that all children housed in shelters have adequate remote educational access, and substantially complete installation by August 31, 2021.
The settlement also ensures that:
If you have questions or wish to receive a copy of the settlement, please contact the Legal Aid team by emailing ShelterWiFiCase@legal-aid.org or calling 1-800-649-9125.
Please read the Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action About WiFi Access for Students in DHS and HRA Shelters for more information:
Last Updated: 31 August 2021
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