Judge temporarily blocks opening of controversial shelter

A Kings County Supreme Court judge on Friday announced a temporary block on the opening of a controversial homeless shelter in Crown Heights.



Judge Paul Wooten's temporary restraining order prevents the city, the Department of Homeless Services and CORE Services Group from opening the Bergen Street shelter. It comes after fierce community opposition and concerns about shelter oversaturation.



About two dozen community members came to the courthouse, all of them opposed to the shelter.



Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Katherine Levine will hear further arguments Tuesday to determine the next steps.



A DHS representative tells News 12 that despite Friday's ruling, the shelter will still open at some point next week.


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