When will New York City's "Right to Shelter" laws be suspended?
Sometime in 2023
Sometime in 2024
Sometime in 2025
Not before 2026

Mayor Eric Adams is seeking to suspend New York City’s longstanding obligation to provide shelter to anyone who asks for it, as officials struggle to find housing for thousands of migrants arriving from the southern border.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Adams asked a judge to allow the city to put aside its legal obligation to provide shelter to single adults, arguing in court that the city should be able to temporarily lift the mandate during an emergency.

“With more than 122,700 asylum seekers having come through our intake system since the spring of 2022, and projected costs of over $12 billion for three years, it is abundantly clear that the status quo cannot continue,” Mr. Adams said in a statement.

In a letter to Erika Edwards, a New York Supreme Court justice, the city’s lawyers asked for the 1981 consent decree that requires the city to provide shelter to be temporarily suspended. They also asked for the rules to be suspended whenever the governor or mayor declares a state of emergency and there is an influx of people seeking shelter.


This will resolve to the initial date of suspension after the law stays suspended for one month. Any active suspension of the law counts for resolution, regardless of any ongoing appeals or whether it leads to any meaningful on-the-ground changes.

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Nearly two dozen groups, including religious leaders and the city’s biggest union, committed on Thursday to signing an amicus brief opposing Mayor Eric Adams’ request to suspend the city’s right-to-shelter rules for homeless single adults amid the ongoing migrant crisis.

The effort follows the mayor’s latest application to a state court to suspend the right to shelter as the city struggles to house more than 63,000 migrants who have entered the shelter system over the past year.

The coalition, known as New York Shelter for All in Need Equally, or NY SANE, was organized by Christine Quinn, who heads WIN, a homeless shelter provider for women and families. The new coalition sets up a battle between Adams and a list of well-established interest groups that have historically advocated for working-class New Yorkers and immigrants
She and others were planning to send letters of protest to both Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is supporting the city’s attempt to revise the right to shelter.