Reminder: Join Your Neighbors!
Protest New Shelter. Speak up tomorrow, Tuesday, DEC 4th, 6:30 PM
Mount Sinai West, 1000 Tenth Ave (Amsterdam) at West 59th St.
On Tuesday, December 4th at Mount Sinai West (Roosevelt) Hospital, 6:30 PM, join your neighbors as we raise our voices to protest a plan that effectively adds another facility to our compassionate neighborhood already burdened by poorly run facilities serving the homeless.
The proposed facility at The Alexander, 306 West 94th St facts:
- 220 homeless, making it significantly larger than Freedom House
- Places significant pressure on the existing SRO tenants
- Serious building code and dangerous fire safety issues
- Compromises the safety of neighbors on a block with two other facilities that serve the homeless, the Red Cross Shelter at 308 West 94th next door, and the St. Louis/Rustin House at 319 West 94th –that’s three on one block!
- No “Fair Share Analysis.” This City Charter requires research should be done BEFORE a site for a shelter is selected. The West 90s are over-saturated!
- Leaves the 316 West 95th home of Freedom House open for another shelter or out-of-control program like St. Louis/Rustin House. After a short period to repair damage from Freedom House, the owners told us they are open to another “program,” that serves homeless populations. They have few other options. It can’t become a hotel, luxury condos, etc. The City won’t allow it.
- This is the third time in 12 years that the City has tried placing an “adult family” homeless shelter on either 94th or 95th Streets. The previous shelters, “The Apple” on 94th, and Freedom House on 95th were absolute disasters.
Speaking about the new shelter at The Alexander, Council Member Helen Rosenthal says, “give it a chance.”
How can she ignore the previous failures and the pending five-year contract for new vendor, Praxis? DHS reports that one-third of their shelter programs fail.
No neighborhood has been as patient and tolerant of homeless shelters and programs. The City should be ashamed of its slipshod stewardship of homeless housing. We say no more chances here!
Stand Up For Your Neighborhood!
By attending you may speak for 60 seconds, and submit a written copy of your remarks,
You may also cede your speaking time to neighbors, so they can use your time to cover important points in more detail, and you can stand with your neighbors in opposition to the shelter proposal as a show of support.
Speakers should sign up to speak when they arrive.
See you at Mount Sinai West on Tuesday.at 6:30.
If we make the effort, we can make a difference!