Judge greenlights controversial Crown Heights homeless shelter

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A Kings County Supreme Court judge has lifted the temporary restraining order blocking a controversial homeless shelter in Crown Heights.

A judge ruled that opponents of the shelter - located at 267 Rogers Ave. - did not demonstrate that it caused irreparable harm to the community.

She also accepted the city's argument that while there may be other shelters in Crown Heights, the one in question would be the only family shelter in the Community Board 9 district.

In her formal decision, the judge will order the city to prioritize Crown Heights families for the shelter and to try to keep them within the community when they're ready to move out, preferably to the same building's low-income permanent housing. 

Opponents of the shelter say their plan is to be vigilant of any wrongdoing at the shelter and sound the alarm to hold it accountable.

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