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NYC must provide certain homeless teens with shelter under court settlement

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A city-run homeless shelter in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
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NYC must provide shelter to 16 and 17-year-olds under new settlement

If approved by a judge, a new court settlement in a 2013 lawsuit could require New York City to provide shelter for homeless 16 and 17-year-olds, Gothamist reports.

The settlement, which was announced by the Legal Aid Society on Monday, would require the city to expand access to programs for homeless youth. The settlement would expand the ”right to shelter” at age-specific shelters for minors in what Legal Aid describes as a “landmark” settlement for homeless youth.

“After over six years of litigation, we are very pleased to have reached a settlement, which will establish system-changing relief to some of New York City’s most vulnerable youth,” Beth Hofmeister, an attorney with the Legal Aid’s Homeless Rights Project said in a statement.

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  • Another lawsuit against the Rabsky’s Broadway Triangle project has been dismissed.
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