NYC Mayor won't evict HOMELESS people who refuse work - for now

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 23:37:11 -0800 (PST)


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FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Dec 10, 1999 20:28

GUILIANI HOMELESS POLICY -
FOR NOW, CITY AGREES NOT TO EVICT HOMELESS WHO REFUSE WORK

NEW YORK (AP) _ The city has agreed for now to abide by a
temporary restraining order preventing the eviction of homeless
people from city shelters if they refuse work assignments.

The plan also called for putting homeless children in foster
care if their parents were kicked out of shelters for declining
work.

On Wednesday, two State Supreme Court judges temporarily blocked
the policy from going into effect, pending a January hearing.

The city appealed, which could have allowed the policy to move
forward while the courts sorted things out. But on Friday, a
spokeswoman for the city's lawyers said they have decided to hold
off on implementing the program while the appeal is pending.

Spokeswoman Lorna Goodman said the city is pressing forward with
its appeal, trying to convince both the State Supreme Court and its
Appellate Division that the program to get homeless people working
is a sound one.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14th before Supreme Court
Justices Elliott Wilk and Helen Freedman, and supporting paperwork
is due next week in the appellate case.

AP-CS-12-10-99 2128EST
Received  Id AP99344C7784FFE on Dec 10 1999 20:28

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