“For decades, New York’s Right to Shelter legal protections have ensured that our city’s most vulnerable have a roof over their heads, preventing them from having to sleep on the streets, subways, and in other public spaces. This settlement seems to preserve the foundation of this essential protection from further efforts to undermine it, and encourages the continued support of families and individuals seeking asylum, while eliminating the backlog of new arrivals who are reapplying for shelter placements. As a Council, we remain focused on working with the Administration and all stakeholders on immediate and long-term solutions that relieve pressure on the shelter system by helping New Yorkers transition into stable, permanent housing. We are examining the details of this settlement further, and will continue our oversight efforts to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”