Newark Lawsuit Demands NYC Stop Relocating Forgotten Families Into Other States – CBS New York
Now one destination city is taking action to stop the program from relocating any more homeless families, reports CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.
Under the Special One-Time Assistance program, or SOTA, the families are placed in New Jersey by New York’s Department of Homeless Services.
The city pays landlords one year’s rent up front, but CBS2 found some landlords providing housing with no heat or hot water and other problems.
DOCUMENT 1: Verified Complaint December 1 2019
DOCUMENT 2: Brief in Support of Order to Show Cause
The Newark lawsuit claims neither de Blasio nor Banks adequately inspected the apartments to where these families were being sent, nor did they hold landlords or real estate brokers accountable for uninhabitable housing.
After the initial one-year term, the lawsuit also points out the families were forced out and new SOTA participants could be moved in. Multiple testimonials are included in the suit.
The documents also cite the “Forgotten Families” series by CBS2 as being the trigger that brought these cases to light to both to members of the DHS and officials in Newark.
On Monday, Newark went further and filed a brief demanding a temporary suspension against SOTA, alleging New York sent homeless families to hundreds of cities across the country without the destination cities being informed.
A Newark nonprofit says at least 15 families this year needed public assistance after one year’s rent ran out. The mayors say they want the opportunity to support these families before they’re left out in the cold.