Jersey City Next To File Federal Lawsuit Against NYC Over Homeless Relocation Program

Kimberly Dole
December 18, 2019 - 8:18 am

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Jersey City is the next city to join Newark in a federal lawsuit challenging "Special One-Time Assistance” (SOTA) a New York City program that relocates homeless people across the Hudson River.

The initiative launched in 2017 has moved nearly 12-hundred families to Newark and 176 to Jersey City.

Mayor Steve Fulop tweeted "We are all for working together on solutions in a transparent and open way that works for everyone but up till now the New York City program has been anything but that."

New York City agreet to temporarily stop sending homeless families to Newark after the city filed a lawsuit a the beginning of the month for a temporary restraining order and then a permanent injunction against New York City from "further implementation of the SOTA program."