Relocation of Lucerne Hotel Residents Sparks Threat of Lawsuit

  Last modified on September 13th, 2020

It was recently determined that the homeless individuals who’ve resided at The Lucerne Hotel since July 27 would have to be relocated by the end of the month. They’ll be moving into the Harmonia shelter on 31st Street, where some of the current residents have already been forced out to make room for them.

The Legal Aid Society has stated it’s preparing a lawsuit against NYC for its plan to relocate these Midtown residents, many of whom are disabled, NY Daily News reports.

According to the report, residents of the Harmonia, 80% of whom are said to be disabled, began getting kicked out of the building on Thursday, September 10. The Legal Aid Society states that residents were given less than two days notice, and some of them have lived in the Midtown building for years.

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Legal Aid Society attorneys originally stated that 150 families would be moved so that the Lucerne residents can take their place.

However, it was more recently announced that the city had put a pause on the relocations.

“This crisis emerged after the City’s knee-jerk decision to uproot men living in safe refuge at the Lucerne Hotel in the Upper West Side to the Harmonia Shelter in Midtown Manhattan, a facility that serves homeless New Yorkers in adult families, 80% of whom are disabled,” The Legal Aid Society tweeted.

Protests outside the Midtown building took place after the news was announced.

Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who also spoke at the September 9 protest outside The Lucerne Hotel, was in attendance along with Gale Brewer and other elected officials.

Mayor de Blasio stated that Lucerne residents would begin to be relocated on September 20.

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