New Homeless Shelter Rules Nixed by Judge

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: A teenager who collects bottles and cans and lives in a city shelter walks near Times Square on April 14, 2011 in New York City. Homelessness in New York is at an all-time high according to newly-released statistics by the Coalition for the Homeless, which blames the increase on the policies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the recent recession. A record 113,553 different people, including 42,888 children, slept in homeless shelters in fiscal year 2010, up nine percent from the previous year. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A judge today tossed new rules that would require solo adults seeking shelter to prove they're really homeless after a City Council lawsuit against Mayor Bloomberg argued that such a policy change should be subject to public hearings. Council speaker Christine Quinn called the requirements "cruel and punitive," while the city, which plans to appeal, says the new criteria would save $4 million.