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Judge stops city policy on proving homelessness

NEW YORK — A New York City court has ruled the city cannot go forward with a new policy requiring single people to prove they have no other options before they enter homeless shelters.

Tuesday’s decision in Manhattan state Supreme Court was in response to how the nation’s largest city introduced the proposal, which would have required people to show they’re truly homeless, with documents if possible.

The City Council voted in December to sue Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration over how the policy was communicated to lawmakers and the public. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says they weren’t consulted.

The city delayed enacting the policy pending the court review.

Mr. Bloomberg says no one should have the right to walk in and say, “Whether or not I need services, give it to me.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports.