Public Advocate Responds To Court Decision Allowing City To Displace Lucerne Hotel Residents

November 25th, 2020

Press Release

"As many New Yorkers prepare to mark Thanksgiving in their homes, the city has been cleared to continue its effort to forcibly remove New Yorkers who are homeless from their shelter and neighborhood in a demoralizing decision with dehumanizing consequences. The contrast could not be more stark, and the moral obligation could not be more clear.

"I implore the Mayor to halt this action and abandon this attempt to placate a few privileged individuals by displacing homeless New Yorkers in need. Relocating homeless populations does nothing to address the homelessness crisis, it only makes it harder to see, and benefits people who would prefer to turn a blind eye. To continue to carry out this eviction would be unconscionable, but also unsurprising from an administration that promised to address the tale of two cities but has repeatedly made decisions to exacerbate it. As we face a second wave of COVID-19 while 5,500 New Yorkers remain in potential super-spreader congregate shelters, it is again clear that they have failed to pursue real, progressive solutions to the homelessness crisis."

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