Spring-Gar Community Civic Association, Inc. v. Homes for the Homeless, Inc.

516 N.Y.S.2d 399, 135 Misc. 2d 689 (1987)

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Spring-Gar Community Civic Association, Inc. v. Homes for the Homeless, Inc.

New York Supreme Court
516 N.Y.S.2d 399, 135 Misc. 2d 689 (1987)

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Facts

Homes for the Homeless, Inc. (defendant), a nonprofit corporation, sought to place a 715-resident homeless shelter in the Springfield Gardens residential community, which was made up of approximately 3,000 residents in single-family homes. The city of New York (the city) (defendant) provided partial funding for the project, and the Human Resources Administration was to supervise the shelter’s operation. Spring-Gar Community Civic Association, Inc. (the civic association) (plaintiff), made up of Springfield Gardens community residents, sued Homes for the Homeless and the city, seeking a permanent injunction. The civic association asserted claims for public and private nuisance, violations of environmental statutes, and lack of notice in violation of social-services laws. The civic association alleged that the homeless shelter would be a menace to the public health, safety, and well-being of the entire community and that the homeless shelter would reduce Springfield Gardens residents’ property values.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Zelman, J.)

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