Agreement Calls For 95th Street Shelter
To Be Reduced By Half by November 1st
City officials have reached agreement to cut the 95th Street shelter population in half – but we still have a bad operator left running a shelter with 200 adults that doesn’t help the homeless and remains a threat to the safety and quality of life in our beautiful neighborhood.
Neighborhood in the Nineties RESPONSE:
Response by Neighborhood In The Nineties to the announced agreement between Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Comptroller Scott Stringer and the de Blasio administration to reduce the size of the illegal shelter for 400 adults at 316-330 West 95th Street, to a size of 200 adults, addressing a key legal issue in our case:
“In July 2013, Neighborhood In The Nineties brought legal action against the City Department for Homeless Services and the shelter operators known as Aguila/Housing Solutions for the 400-person “Freedom House” shelter at 316-330 West 95th Street, Manhattan. The lawsuit cited the City Administrative Code, which prohibits shelters capacity in excess of 200.
“We are thankful to Comptroller Stringer, Borough President Brewer and the de Blasio Administration for recognizing the validity of our claims and compelling Freedom House to reduce the size of its shelter population and bring it into compliance with the City Administrative Code. http://comptroller.nyc.gov/
“But Aguila, the company behind Freedom House, is a corrupt operator with no business running a shelter, period. Its sorry track record and that of the property’s owners, as documented by The New York Times, New York Magazine and Capital New York, does not merit a City contract. During the 18 months in which they have operated this shelter, the homeless have suffered, the legacy SRO tenants in the building have suffered, and the community has suffered from a rise in drug dealing and lawlessness.
“Nor has the city honored its Fair Share obligations by adding another facility in a generous and tolerant but oversaturated neighborhood with 17 city housing facilities within 18 blocks. The shelter must be closed entirely and returned to affordable housing for the working poor.
“Neighborhood in the Nineties is emboldened by the comptroller’s decision today and will now turn up the pressure on these homelessness profiteers.”
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER.