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Queens pols oppose another unannounced homeless shelter

New shelter near Astoria opens one month after another opened unexpectedly in Elmhurst

July 17, 2014 02:55PM

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From left: 71-11 Astoria Boulevard, Jose Peralta and Costa Constantinides

From left: 71-11 Astoria Boulevard, Jose Peralta and Costa Constantinides

Queens representatives are crying foul after the Department of Homeless Services established a permanent shelter on the border of Astoria and East Elmhurst without notifying elected officials or communities.

Congressman Joseph Crowley, City Council member Costa Constantinides, New York State Senator Jose Peralta and Assembly member Aravella Simotas wrote to the DHS commissioner to express concern over the recently opened shelter at 71-11 Astoria Boulevard, Brownstoner Queens reported. DHS approved the permanent use of the former Westway Motel as a shelter for homeless families earlier this month, according to the website.

“While we appreciate that DHS is legally required to provide shelter for the homeless, the agency’s failure to provide any notification to the people currently living in the area who are impacted by its implementation is unacceptable,” Brownstoner quoted from the letter.

Community opposition forced DHS to shelve plans to turn the Westway into a shelter in 2012, as the New York Daily News previously reported. The agency recently upset Elmhurst and Maspeth residents by opening another shelter at the former Pan American hotel last month, also with no notice. [Brownstoner]Tom DiChristopher

  • HARD TRUTH

    The homeless should be put in undesirable locations of the city, not effecting the investment or home living of working people. Investors put money into an area to both make money and help improve an area. Working people don’t want to be near homeless people are, as homeless can often-time be crazy or disorderly people with mental weaknesses etc. But what the heck, why not throw a homeless shelter somewhere decent, and make sure the place never sprawls as a successful area?

    • PHX2013

      Many of these “homeless” people work but can’t afford the astronomical rents. You are a POS and your mentality is all that is wrong with this society. I wish I could spit in your face right now, jerk.

  • Robert A. Booey

    I love people that protest homeless shelters and the unfortunate people they serve. Why don’t we protest soup kitchens, AA meetings, and psychiatric offices next?

    • HARD TRUTHER

      Listen buddy: Homeless people need shelters and all that junk, but not in the middle of great living areas. Additionally, we already give 100M people in this country gov’t assistance for food stamps. We do enough, that we don’t need to do it in our back yard where our kids roam. Get realistic you dingbat liberal.

      • Dingbat Liberal

        I’m sure the Pan Am Hotel was a great neighbor all these years. I grew up in Middle Village and remembered several prostitution stings there.
        Watch out for your kids. God forbid they see unfortunate people getting help. We can’t allow that sort of thing. It’s better to let them see homeless people sleeping in subway tunnels.

        • HARD TRUTH AGAIN

          Yes, exactly Digbat Liberal. Let’s have our kids see us helping the homeless etc. That way we can feel ok when one is raped or molested. Look up crime stats buddy. Homeless and poor people are more likely to commit these crimes.

        • KAMALA1218

          That’s right we are going to overrun your homes and soon and they will only be fit for my kind soon thanks Leeberal friend

      • PHX2013

        You are scum. Utter and complete scum.

  • Sani Fornus

    Keep voting in the same Democratic political hacks/union stooges. And soon, the whole city will be one huge homeless shelter. Deporting illegal aliens would be a good first step in resolving the homeless and overcrowded school/hospital crises. Try telling that to de Blasio and the other progressives who run the city (into the ground).

  • KAMALA1218

    We are going to put some change into the hood. All these Leeberals are going to help us. The rents are to high . Karma is coming boy!!!!!!!!!!

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