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Women, not men, to live at College Point homeless shelter

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 3:10 pm | Updated: 12:33 pm, Thu Oct 3, 2019.

The city has agreed to place only women — not single men, as first planned — at the 200-bed homeless shelter planned for 127-03 20 Ave. in College Point. The facility is expected to open this week.

Area leaders who fought to get the plan stopped declared a partial victory. Concerns had been expressed about placing single men — some of whom may have been formerly incarcerated — near five neighborhood schools with young children. Residents also called the 20th Avenue location bad because of its lack of subway access and distance from social services centers. 

“The community remained diligent, vigilant and united and has now successfully secured the conversion to a shelter for women, rather than single men," state Sen. John Liu (D-Bayside) said in a prepared statement. "Although the plan is by no means perfect, we are satisfied that a far better outcome has been achieved.”

Hundreds rallied against the plan earlier this year in College Point. Other shelter proposals in different communities across Queens, such as Glendale recently, have generated major backlash.

"This is not what we demanded, certainly it’s not what we hoped for," College Point Residents' Coalition member Michael Deng said in his own statement. "However, we do feel that a women’s shelter will be better and is a less intimidating fit for the community, particularly the elderly, women and school kids, as their safety is what we are most worried and concerned about."

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2 comments:

  • gustavo posted at 6:18 pm on Thu, Oct 3, 2019.

    gustavo Posts: 0

    WTF?



    What kind or malarkey is this?



    Those women also are likely to have a record, and housed people are safer for the population than ones exposed to the elements.



     
  • bruce jacobs posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, Oct 1, 2019.

    bruce jacobs Posts: 0

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