- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A D.C. Superior Court judge is letting a lawsuit over housing for the homeless during cold weather continue.

Judge Robert Okun denied the city’s request to dismiss the lawsuit Tuesday.

The lawsuit filed in 2014 alleged that the city was violating the law by failing to provide homeless families apartment-style shelters or private rooms when the temperature dropped below freezing. Last year Okun granted a temporary injunction that forced the city to stop using recreation centers to house families while the lawsuit went forward.

City officials argued the lawsuit was moot because a law that became effective in March 2015 guarantees homeless families the same rights to shelter that the lawsuit sought.

The judge said the new law wasn’t a significant change and didn’t make the case moot.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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