Bronx-based homeless-shelter operator Aguila sent eviction notices to 40 families at a six-story building after deciding to stop operating the site as a city-subsidized homeless shelter.
The nearly 59,000-square-foot property at 941 Intervale Avenue is among dozens of privately-owned apartment buildings for which the city pays $3,565 per month to house the homeless, according to the Village Voice.
“The provider has elected not to continue to work with DHS at this site,” according to a spokesperson for the Department of Homeless Services. “DHS will work with the provider and the landlord on a plan to ensure the safety and sheltering of these families. It’s our expectation that all parties involved will act in a responsible manner, so as not to create a stressful environment for these families.”
Last year Aguila collected more than $28.5 million in homeless housing payments from the city, according the the paper.
Members of local nonprofit Picture the Homeless and residents of the building planned to protest the evictions earlier today. [Village Voice] — Mark Maurer