Lopez v. NYC Department of Homeless Services

At a Glance

Date Filed: 

April 25, 2017

Current Status 

The parties are currently engaged in settlement negotiations.

Client(s) 

Mariah Lopez

Case Description 

Mariah Lopez v. New York City Department of Homeless Services is a case concerning the failure of the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to serve transgender people in safe shelters, meet standards for accessibility to residents with disabilities, and provide LGBTQIA+ residents shelter free from harassment and abuse by staff, security, and other personnel. The lawsuit was brought against DHS in 2017 as a pro se case (without lawyers) by Ms. Lopez, a transgender woman with disabilities, after DHS denied her shelter placement. Following important wins in the individual case, the Center for Constitutional Rights joined in order to provide support to Ms. Lopez in settlement negotiations with DHS that may broadly impact the public and shape how homeless shelters in New York City operate with respect to LGBTQIA+ placements and disability accommodation.

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