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Elmhurst residents boo homeless at Pan Am shelter meeting

Department of Homeless Services moved families into former hotel without notifying community
July 01, 2014 05:40PM

Tempers flared over a newly opened homeless shelter at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens flared at a meeting Monday, during which some protesters booed the facility’s elderly and homeless residents.

Queens Community Board 4 called the meeting with the shelter operator after the Department of Homeless Services began moving people into the Queens Boulevard property without notifying the community in June. Several hundred protesters not admitted to the at-capacity meeting protested outside 79-00 Queens Boulevard, booing and yelling at residents of the Pan Am shelter to “get a job” and “pay your rent,” DNAinfo reported.

The number of families living at the shelter has tripled to 90 since it opened, according to a DHS figure cited by DNAinfo. Lisa Black, a DHS representative, told the attendees that the agency was acting to address a “crisis” situation in the shelter system and that it may use all 216 rooms in the building.

Critics said that the shelter raised issues regarding safety and overcrowding at nearby schools. One 74-year-old resident used her speaking time to urge neighbors to show compassion for the families before being booed, DNAinfo reported.  [DNAinfo]Tom DiChristopher

  • more bad press – eeg

    Oh holy crap, the signs are in Chinese. Remember “give us your tired, your poor”?

    Where are these self-reliant Chinese people when the other Chinese are fighting to keep their boltholes in Chinatown and NIMBYing about nonChinese people blocking the expansion of Chinatown’s borders?

    Remember how nice the Caribbean and South American locals (descended from SLAVES) have been hosting Chinese immigrants en route to American green cards?

    We should probably upgrade our history lessons re the “contribution” of enslaved Africans in America. PTSD is the only reason, those descendants arent wiping the floor academically.

    It is NOT a level playing ground. Manhattan Chinatown gets way more support for academics than other areas of similar economic demographic. This is a great kindness on the part of the government but it’s not appropriate to lord it over others as a consequence.

    We should remind ourselves how fighting in the military to protect the world including CHINA cost the soldiers and their families.

    It’s more racial as reported in the Chinese press: