Adams presses judge to exempt city from right-to-shelter when it ‘lacks the resources’


The Adams administration on Tuesday filed legal motions seeking to modify the city’s legal right-to-shelter, aiming to exempt the city from the obligation when it “lacks the resources and capacity” to provide shelter to everyone in need of it.

If approved by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Deborah Kaplan, the move would modify the 1984 Callahan v. Carey consent decree to absolve the city of its legal obligation provide shelter to any single adult seeking it when the city “lacks the resources and capacity to establish and maintain sufficient shelter sites, staffing, and security to provide safe and appropriate shelter.”