City Must Notify Legal Aid Before Evicting Homeless Individuals

New York County Supreme Court Justice Stanley Sklar ruled that the City must notify The Legal Aid Society before evicting a homeless individual from a City shelter for adults so that Legal Aid lawyers can protect the rights of mentally ill shelter residents and other vulnerable eople.

Shelter rules exempt from eviction individuals whose mental or physical mpairments prevent them from complying with shelter requirements. Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, said that
the homeless individuals are "clearly vulnerable women and men who need  the legal help, and it's surprising the government has been opposing our ability to provide that legal help."