Friday, October 13, 2017
De Blasio Says No Notice Needed from City when Entire Hotels Get Rented to Shelter the Homeless
Despite criticism from local elected officials, Mayor de Blasio said Thursday the city does not need to provide advance notice when it rents out an entire hotel to use as a homeless shelter.
"It really depends on whether something is a temporary action or a long term action," de Blasio said at an unrelated Queens press conference.
The city does provide 30 days of notice for the opening of a new shelter, but has not done so when it uses hotels — qualifying that as temporary or emergency housing, even when the Department of Homeless Services rents every single room in a hotel, effectively turning it into a shelter...