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Homeless hotel causing problems in Ozone Park

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Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 12:45 pm

The Department of Homeless Services recently moved dozens of homeless families into the Comfort Inn in Ozone Park — and a nearby resident says the area has become a hotspot for illicit activity.

“It’s filthy there,” said Dominic, a resident who lives nearby. “There’s food just laying on the windowsills all the time ... people smoking marijuana outside.”

It’s unclear when the families were moved to the hotel, located at 137-30 Redding St., a short distance from PS/MS 202.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) condemned the use of the hotel as a homeless shelter in a joint statement issued Tuesday. 

"Mayor de Blasio's failed policy of housing homeless families in hotels is simply unacceptable. These types of shelters are not cost effective and do not offer any real services that actually help homeless families get back on their feet," the politicians said. "To add insult to injury, the Administration did not notify any of the elected officials in the area that 50 families are being housed at the Comfort Inn in Ozone Park. We will work closely with the 106th Precinct to protect the quality of life for all those who live in the vicinity of the hotel."

A spokeswoman for the DHS said in an emailed statement, “We are currently using some rooms in this location to shelter homeless families with children who would otherwise be turned out onto the street. We are using hotels as a bridge to shelter homeless New Yorkers while we work to increase shelter capacity citywide.”

Dominic said in addition to people smoking marijuana, he’s spotted people he believes to be living in the hotel engaging in sexual activity.

He’s not the only one to report such acts, as other residents have reported them to area politicians.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.


UPDATE: This story was updated to include a statement from area politicians. 

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2 comments:

  • lucylips posted at 1:11 pm on Tue, Aug 22, 2017.

    lucylips Posts: 15

    THIS POOR EXCUSE CALLED A MAYOR CAN USE HIS HOUSE IN BROOKLYN TO HELP OUT IF NEED BE.
    FIRST HE BRINGS BACK ALL HIS VERY OLD BUDDIES FROM THE DINKENS DAYS AND GIVES THEM JOBS FOR ANOTHER PENSION.
    A POLICE COMMISSIONER WHO HAD ALREADY BEEN OUR COMMISSIONER, A SCHOOL CHANCELLOR WHO SENT THE KIDS TO SCHOOL IN A SNOW STORM AND WHO ALREADY WAS THE SCHOOL CHANCELLOR. YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THERE ARE NO OTHER WELL QUALIFIED YOUNG PEOPLE TO FILL THESE JOBS?
    HE NEEDS TO COME TO OZONE PARK AND TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THAT HOTEL.NO ONE SHOULD NOT HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE BUT YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THESE YOUNG MEN ARE LIVING OFF THESE YOUNG WOMEN .2 IN THE CARRIAGE,1 WALKING AND 1 IN THE OVEN.THESE BABY DADDIES NEED TO BE WORKING AND NOT USING HOMELESSNESS FOR AN EXCUSE.
    THESE GUYS LIVING IN THAT HOTEL ARE YOUNG-STRONG-ABLE BODY MEN SEND THEIR ASSES TO HELP CLEAN THE AREA AND MAKE THEM SELVES USEFUL INSTEAD OF MAKING MORE BABIES. MOTHER AND CHILDREN NEED SHELTER BUT THESE GUYS LIVE OFF THE CITY.WHY AREN'T THESE MEN WORKING? THERE ARE A LOT OF EMPTY HOUSES WHY CAN'T THESE GUYS FIX UP THE HOUSES AND MAKE THEM LIVABLE ?THE MONEY YOU GIVE THESE PEOPLE FOR HOTEL ROOMS SHOULD BE USED TO FIX EMPTY HOUSES.

     
  • BLUESHIRTS13 posted at 12:48 pm on Sat, Feb 18, 2017.

    BLUESHIRTS13 Posts: 1

    THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!! GOOD HARDWORKING FAMILIES LIVE WITHIN FEET OF THIS HOTEL AND NOT TO MENTION A SCHOOL WITH YOUNG CHILDREN RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. HOMELESS PEOPLE IN MOST CASES ARE DRUG USING DESPERATE PEOPLE THAT WILL DO WHATEVER THEY NEED TO IN ORDER TO GET MONEY TO GET THROUGH THEIR DAY. FOR THE MAYOR AND HIS STAFF TO BASICALLY HIDE THIS FROM THE COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN PROVES WHY THIS MAYOR IS A TOTAL JOKE.

    MAYBE THE MAYOR SHOULD OPEN A HOTEL FOR THESE PEOPLE NEXT TO HIS MANSION IF HE'S SO CONCERNED