Adams admin makes revised request to suspend shelter mandate, drawing swift backlash from advocates

The Adams administration, citing the ongoing migrant crisis, has made a newly revised request of a Manhattan Supreme Court to suspend the city’s long-standing mandate that it provide shelter to anyone in need. The request, however, immediately drew the ire of homeless and immigrant advocates.

In a letter to the court late Tuesday night, the administration laid out its request to modify the 1981 Callahan v. Carey consent decree that established the mandate, known as right-to-shelter, that would exempt it from the obligation in certain circumstances. The missive came after the judge in the case, Erika Edwards — who has since recused herself from the proceedings — ordered the city to explain its latest request during a court conference late last month.