New York's Right to Shelter

Preserving the fundamental right

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State of the Homeless 2023

Compounding Crisis, Failed Responses

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Callahan Under Attack

For over 42 years the Coalition for the Homeless, with our partners at The Legal Aid Society, has zealously defended and successfully expanded the legal Right to Shelter for anyone experiencing homelessness in New York.

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Updates from the Coalition for the Homeless. To see our recent statements, visit our Press Room.

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The Callahan deal is not a victory

Last May, Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul initiated an attack on New York’s legal right to shelter for single adults based upon two faulty premises: first, that the city needed more flexibility in responding to the influx of thousands of…

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As of March 31, City Hall has issued approximately 1,500 notices “to make alternate arrangement” to immigrants with 30-day shelter stays and to another 1,300 with 60-day notices, which are being offered to single migrants 23 and younger…

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Immigrants, Advocates Await City’s Rollout of New Re-Sheltering Rules

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A resource for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who may be experiencing homelessness in New York City.

Transgender and Homeless Resources

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After months of a Court-supervised mediation, the Coalition for the Homeless and the City reached a settlement that stops Mayor Adams’ and Governor Hochul’s nearly year-long efforts to dismantle New York’s long-standing Right to Shelter for single adults, established under Callahan v. Carey…

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Callahan Settlement Preserves the Right to Shelter While Implementing Temporary Measures During the Humanitarian Crisis

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Josh Goldfein, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice, joined “Inside City Hall” to talk about the Right to Shelter law.

On Friday, the city announced a settlement with the Legal Aid Society over the Right to Shelter law. The agreement allows the city to limit shelter stays for some adult migrants for 30 days. Most migrants will not have a chance to reapply.

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Attorney talks about new settlement for right-to-shelter law

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The city has negotiated a deal that will limit single migrants to 30-day shelter stays. Officials hope it will ease the crunch without increasing street homelessness.

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Shelters Are Overloaded. Will a New Agreement Help?

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The Coalition for the Homeless reached a settlement with the City of New York Friday, adding new emergency terms to the 1981 decree that paved the way for the city’s unique right to a shelter bed.

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NYC Narrows Re-Sheltering Rights for Recently-Arrived Immigrants

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NEW YORK (WABC) — The legal agreement between New York City and homeless advocates scales back the decades-old ‘Right to Shelter’ law as the city tries to find housing for thousands of migrant adults.

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Settlement reached over 'Right to Shelter' law in New York City

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(NEW YORK, NY) – The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless, following a court-supervised mediation led by New York State Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits, announced a settlement with the City to end the government’s legal challenge to New York’s long-standing Right to Shelter for single adults, established under Callahan v. Carey in 1981.

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Legal Aid, Coalition for the Homeless announce settlement in Callahan v. Carey, preserving NYC’s Right to Shelter settlement protects the right to shelter for anyone in need.

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The Coalition for the Homeless and Legal Aid Society testified before the New York City Council’s Committee on General Welfare. As the independent monitor of the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelter system and counsel in cases that established the right to shelter in NYC, we offered insights into the impact of proposed funding for the shelter system and programs aiding unhoused New Yorkers…

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The Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2025, and other future fiscal reports: the Coalition for the Homeless and Legal Aid Society submit testimony