Brief History of NYC Legal Right to Shelter

Callahan v. Carey (1979) lawsuit by Robert Hayes, co-founder of Coalition for the Homeless, mandated adequate provision for housing single men of “all of the destitute and homeless alcoholics, addicts, mentally impaired derelicts, flotsam and jetsam, and others during the winter months.” The suit asked for 750 beds.

The Constitution of the State of New York.

Eldredge v. Koch (1982) expanded it to homeless women; then homeless families in McCain v. Koch (1986).

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams expanded the beds definition to “sleep outside” in Local Law 2023/062, “Homeless Bill of Rights“, which was passed without a single negative vote in the City Council on April 27, 2023.

“Right to shelter” does not exist in the State Constitution nor in the City Charter!

Under Local Law 62, can owner of the property throw out the cardboard bedding blocking his back entrance at Jamaica Avenue?

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