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NYC Homeless Services to meet with southwest Queens electeds

Sides will discuss Glendale shelter plan

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Thu Mar 20, 2014.

The Department of Homeless Services has extended invitations to area elected officials for a meeting later this month regarding the proposed Glendale homeless shelter.

A 125-family shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. has been a thorn in the side of politicians, Community Board 5 and area residents over the last year, and DHS has confirmed the elected officials opposed to the project will be able to speak their mind in a conference with agency commissioner Gilbert Taylor.

“We got all their letters. He certainly wants to meet with them,” Lisa Black, a DHS spokeswoman, said. “He wants a meeting on the books this month.”

While Black would not name which elected officials have been invited, the chief of staff to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Roman Paprocki, confirmed that the councilwoman, who has repeatedly voiced her opposition to the shelter in the past, will be in attendance.

“They have reached out to us; we’re just trying to hammer out a date,” Paprocki said. “She will be there.”

An noteworthy party that has not been invited to the meeting is Community Board 5.

District Manager Gary Giordano says he isn’t familiar with the planned discussion about the shelter, but he is interested in what will be said.

“This is the first I’m really hearing of it,” Giordano said Tuesday. “I’ll be reaching out to one or more elected officials about it, though.”

CB 5 has sent multiple letters to officials, such as state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, urging them to reconsider Samaritan Village’s proposal of a shelter.

The human services agency’s credibility came into question last week, as nearly $1 million in state funds appeared to have been misused from mid-2009 to mid-2010, according to an audit just released by the state comptroller’s office.

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  • Gdale526 posted at 10:32 am on Thu, Mar 20, 2014.

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    First off, I think this is a horrible idea. You have a Sports Complex next door where hundreds of kids go to practice baseball. Secondly, there are several schools located within distance of this proposed spot.

    Most of these Homeless shelter's house drug addicts, sex offenders etc...I am far from somebody who has anything against people who chose the wrong path in life but that does not mean they should be put near any child walking to school or going to the mall. If you want to build it go right ahead but this is not the spot to put people who are on the verge of losing there minds!

    I would not feel safe having my daughter walk to Atlas Mall by herself. If I want to go eat at the restaurant next door I should not have to have people begging for money or standing there making it uncomfortable to have a slice of pizza.