Homeless Advocates Fear New Shelter Legislation Could Embolden NIMBYs

In the same week that Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to open 90 new homeless shelters in New York City over the next five years, City Council legislation could limit his ability to do so, according to advocates for the homeless.

The bill would prohibit the placement of emergency and permanent homeless shelters in neighborhoods with the highest concentration of these facilities, unless both the Council and City Planning Commission agree there’s an overriding need.

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