Joint Statement from Legal Aid, Coalition for the Homeless on Mayor Adams Extending Executive Order 402

(NEW YORK, NY) – The Legal Aid Society and Coalition for the Homeless issued the following statement on Mayor Eric Adams Extending Executive Order 402:

“Earlier today, Mayor Eric Adams extended Executive Order 402, which needlessly suspends key protections of New York’s Right to Shelter law for families with children.

“City Hall must still fully comply with all Right to Shelter court orders and related federal, state and local laws, including the safe and timely placement of families with children in private dwellings. 

“Furthermore, this is a moment that warrants a whole-of-government response, and we call on the Biden Administration, Congress, Governor Hochul and Legislature leaders to take whatever steps necessary to appropriate emergency funding to the City and to bolster cross-jurisdictional coordination to help guarantee shelter and critical services to any human being in need, as prescribed by the law.

“Should the City place any of our clients in danger, we will have no choice but to pursue litigation seeking a restraining order.”