Westchester Square residents win homeless shelter lawsuit

All future homeless shelters will have to be given the green light from the city controller before being opened.

All future homeless shelters will have to be given the green light from the city controller before being opened. (6/7/13)

THE BRONX - Westchester Square residents have won their lawsuit against the city over a homeless shelter.

The suit claimed that the city failed to meet with the community board before opening a 39-unit shelter. Residents also questioned how much money the city was paying for each apartment.

City policy will now change, and all future homeless shelters will have to be given the green light from the city controller before being opened. John Bonizio says the Westchester Square Merchants Association paid $10,000 in legal fees to fight the city, and they see state Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Wright's decision as a victory.

The city says it is weighing an appeal to this decision.
 

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