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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

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

5 Responses to “Queens pols oppose another unannounced homeless shelter”

  1. July 17, 2014 at 3:29 pm, HARD TRUTH said:

    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?

  2. July 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm, Robert A. Booey said:

    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?

    • July 18, 2014 at 9:36 am, HARD TRUTHER said:

      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.

      • July 18, 2014 at 10:37 am, Dingbat Liberal said:

        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.

  3. July 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm, Sani Fornus said:

    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).

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