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Vallone confirms men’s homeless shelter will come to College Point

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City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) confirmed Thursday that a controversial men’s shelter will open in College Point next year.

The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) spoke to Vallone Nov. 14 and notified him that they would be moving forward with the proposed shelter at 127-03 20th Ave.

According to the Vallone, the shelter could come as early as next September.

“Our fears were confirmed that 127-03 20th Avenue has been approved for use as a homeless shelter as early as September 2019,” Vallone said. “David Levitan’s greed sold out all of College Point for profit over the needs of our entire community.”

“This is a site that was deliberately purchased and converted for use as a homeless shelter — a despicable act by one owner who has no regard for the communities he infiltrates. We will continue to fight and stand with College Point,” he added.

Residents heard rumors about a homeless shelter potentially coming to the area at the Oct. 24 College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association meeting.

State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) informed residents that he wrote a letter to Queens Borough Commissioner Derek Lee after noticing that the Department of Buildings records showed “shelter-type renovations” for the property.

On Oct. 25, Vallone revealed that the Mayor’s administration and DHS submitted a proposal for the site to be turned into a shelter. He also learned that the agencies had an open request for proposal (RFP) to build other homeless shelters across the city. Five days later, the community came together to protest the shelter.

“Homeless New Yorkers come from every community across the five boroughs, so we need every community to come together to address homelessne­ss,” DHS spokesperson Arianna Fishman said in a written statement. “As we implement our borough-based approach, we are ending the use of all cluster sites and commercial hotel facilities citywide, including the two commercial hotel facilities in this Community District, and distributing new high-quality facilities more equitably across the five boroughs.”

According to Fishman, the “high-quality facility” will provide housing for 200 Queens men in order for them to be closer to “support networks and communities they called home as they get back on their feet.”

“Working together with neighbors and nonprofit service provider Westhab we’re confident that these individuals will be warmly welcomed — and through collaborative support and compassion, we will make this the best experience it can be for these individuals as they get back on their feet,” Fishman added.

Levitan’s company, One Liberty Group,did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Posted 12:00 am, November 18, 2018
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Criminals from Queens says:
Wonderful ....more rapists and drug dealers coming to an area near you.
Nov. 18, 7:37 am
Gilgo from Woodside says:
Me Fishman lies ask the people of Blissville. A small community of 600 that had three hotels turned into homeless shelters last summer. The area has no real commercial strip there is a pub that installed a buzzer system to get in. The owner did this because some of the population from the men's shelter down the road tried to steal liquor bottles. The pastor of a neighboring church was assaulted when he tried to get a male to stop urinating against a the Church. What a wonderful cutter reside in!!!😞
Nov. 18, 8:02 am
lou from bayside says:
Mayor Goofball regularly gets up at 11 am ,goes to the gym in Park Slope, goes for a Danish then starts work at 2-230 at which time he puts anewspaper over his face and sleeps at his desk. Good job city democrats!you get what you allow!
Nov. 18, 8:22 am
Bob from Glen Oaks says:
As president of the world’s largest co-op I am responsible for over 10,000 residents. Now I have to worry about homeless shelters. I worry about it so much.
Nov. 18, 9:46 am
THINK from Queens says:
................and the destruction of more and more Queens neighborhoods comtinue with a Mayor who is pretty much comprehensible to the worst president in USA history, Trump. deBlasio (though he does not have the hateful rhetoric of Trump & is more intelligent), is pretty much the same. He ran on the false promise of "A Tale of Two Cities", making you think he was going to be different (and he was not, even worse), he lies, he is corrupt, he hates the media when they tell the truth about him and he is a whiny B*tch. He is actually a FAKE progressive liberal (I mean look at the whole Amazon debacle). AND when is an elected official going to stand up and fight the draconian law of "right to shelter", which allows people to come from all over the USA other countries without any job prospects or money and just plop into an otherwise over burdened homeless system, which causes issues and takes the responsibility (and cost) of the home city/state/country) and becomes New York's problems that the hard working tax payers then have to foot the bill. I mean how many of the homeless in this city are NOT really New Yorkers, but came here to take advantage of a law the needs change. Only a few places have this archaic law and each of them have a booming out of control homeless population (San Fran, Seattle, LA, Denver). And let's be HONEST here, every neighborhood that has a homeless shelter or homeless hotel has major problems of panhandling, crime, drugs, etc because the system is broken.
Nov. 18, 10:06 am
Jr from Bayside says:
Hahahahah, reap what you sow, You voted for these phonies, these 200 will seem like 10,000. More of these places are coming, I bet none get put near deblasio's neighborhood. Vallone cant do anything, I complained about the new plane noise a few years ago, he told me it was a federal problem. useless politician.
Nov. 18, 6:28 pm
where to put it from queens says:
How about putting this instead in LI City? Should be plenty of jobs nearby at Amazon.
Nov. 20, 3:05 pm
Sunny from College Point says:
It has to be a way that we can stand up against these tyrannous politicians. After all, the people voted them into office, there has to be a way that we can get rid of them. They are draining our pockets, resources while they mindlessly serve their greed and utopian political ideas. We should demand setting up these homeless shelters in the hip areas, in deBlasio's and his cronies' neighborhoods. And IF and when that happens can they only inflirtate our communities. We have couple of homeless people in the neighborhood but they tend to be local folks who fell on hardship. How about reintroducing law and enforcing it instead of the deBlasio way of doing away with the law. This guy is one of the most corrupt, disestrous mayor this city ever had. By the time he'll be done with us there going to be only ashes to scrape together. He's going to sell the city, each community out to the highest bidder and for the highest personal profit. He won't have to worry for the rest of his life about financies.
Nov. 21, 2:28 pm

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