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Weil and Legal Aid Society Halt Evictions of Hurricane Sandy Evacuees

(May 2, 2013, Weil News)


A Weil pro bono team has partnered with The Legal Aid Society to halt an attempt by the City of New York to cut off hotel rental assistance payments to nearly 200 households that were displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Weil and The Legal Aid Society obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the City on April 29th. In her interim order, New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan directed the City to continue to pay the hotel rental assistance for the households in question. The City challenged the entry of the TRO and the court agreed to hear arguments on the issue on May 1st. At the hearing, Justice Chan continued the stay, requiring the City to continue payments until at least May 15th. She also scheduled a hearing on the City’s challenge to the TRO for May 13th, directing the parties to file briefs on the issue.

The suit, Sapp, et al. v. City of New York, was filed on behalf of 488 city-based households that were made homeless by the October 29, 2012 superstorm and are currently receiving hotel rental assistance. Under the City’s proposed plan, 196 of the 488 remaining households were due to be removed from the program on April 30th, and another 292 households, which were either waiting for repairs on their homes or other types of local or federal assistance, were due to be removed on May 30th. The lawsuit maintains that the City created the hotel rental assistance program to provide shelter “until permanent, safe and sustainable housing” was found for the evacuees, but the City has failed to provide adequate help in locating alternate housing.

The Weil pro bono team includes partner Konrad Cailteux, associates Isabella Lacayo, Jesse Morris and Emily Pincow, law clerk Chris Lewarne, and paralegals Elizabeth McConville and Kacey Carter.

This news appeared in the following outlets (may require registration/subscription):

  • The Legal Aid Society: Legal Aid And Weil Gotshal Go To Court To Protect Sandy Victims In City Shelter Placements (April 30, 2013)
  • ProBono.net/NY: Legal Aid And Weil Gotshal Go To Court To Protect Sandy Victims In City Shelter Placements (April 30, 2013)
  • Thomson Reuters News and Insight: Sandy evacuees can stay in city-paid hotel rooms for now: judge (May 1, 2013)
  • Staten Island Advance: Staten Island Hurricane Sandy evacuees granted extension on city hotel program (May 1, 2013)
  • The Epoch Times: Hearing Date Set for Hurricane Sandy Homeless in Hotels (May 2, 2013)
  • The Epoch Times: Federal Help Could Be on the Way for Homeless Sandy Victims (May 2, 2013)
  • The Legal Aid Society: Legal Aid and Weil Gotshal Obtain Court Order Permitting Sandy Evacuees To Remain In City-Paid Hotel Rooms Until At Least May 15; Court Hearing On Extending The Order Scheduled for May 13 (May 3, 2013)
  • The Epoch Times: Welcome to Hotel Sandy; Eviction looms for displaced hurricane victims (May 9, 2013)
  • PolicyMic: Meet the Millennials Who Are A Part Of The Fight For Hurricane Sandy Victims (May 11, 2013)
  • The Epoch Times: $1.77 Billion Sandy Aid Incoming (May 13, 2013)
  • The Epoch Times: Fate of Sandy Evacuees in Hotels to be Decided Today (May 14, 2013)
   
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