WHEN HOMELESS SHELTERS BECOME FAILURES FOR THE HOMELESS & COMMUNITIES DUE TO GREED & QUESTIONABLE AGENCIES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter

Welcome to the next big money maker, the warehousing of homeless at the tax payers expense and the detriment to those who are supposed to be properly served. Just like the BIG BUSINESS of For Profit Jails, homeless shelter are the next BIG MONEY PIT.

Nobody wants homeless shelters in their communities (especially when they get dumped by the dozen like in SE Queens) and it is not that people have such disdain for the homeless (although single men shelters might be an exception since they are so problematic). People have issues with the condition of Homeless Shelters that are not suitable for people, they have issues with they way they are secretly dumped into neighborhoods without community input, many are run poorly by the landlords of these shelters, some are mismanaged, they drain tax payers dollars due to the over-bloated money involved (it would be cheaper to put homeless into “proper apartments” and being they are so poorly run, pose healthy and safety risks, not only to the homeless, but workers and the community at large. Then there is the BIG FACTOR, of the “dumping” of many shelters in select communities (sometimes dozens of them like SE QUEENS)), communities mostly of color & low-income, whose voices get stamped down or are vulnerable to the system and elected officials who do not properly serve their constituents and communities, while other communities like Forest Hills gets NONE. Talks about a “racial issue” that does not get addressed. WHY IS THAT?

SO, where are the bleeding heart far left liberal Democrats who supposedly have so much compassion, but tend to be very critical of communities that do not want these mismanaged places on their blocks, while elected officials and top members of city agencies, do not have to deal with them at all in their own hoods.

A man holds a sign protesting the conversion of the former Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter.

A man holds a sign protesting the conversion of the former Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter.

The city booked a block of rooms at the Radisson Hotel in Jamaica under the disguise of "a government group".

The city booked a block of rooms at the Radisson Hotel in Jamaica under the disguise of “a government group”.

Pan Am disaster of a homeless shelter by a fucked up system that is all about BUSINESS, MONEY & GREED.

Pan Am disaster of a homeless shelter by a fucked up system that is all about BUSINESS, MONEY & GREED.

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From Queens Times Ledger:

The Pan Am shelter has been a failure from the start

Since day one, the conversion of the Pan Am hotel into a homeless shelter has been an abysmal failure in terms of transparency. The de Blasio administration and the Department of Homeless Services blatantly disregarded various laws and even circumvented procedures to ensure the landlords and Samaritan Village receive their lucrative contracts.

Despite admitting that the Pan Am hotel was not a suitable facility to become a family homeless shelter, as it lacks a kitchen in each unit, DHS and Samaritan Village began smuggling homeless families into the building in May 2014. Local elected officials and the community board were notified weeks later when it was already a “done” deal and no input or objections could be voiced.

As the contract was awarded under an emergency declaration, Samaritan Village was spared scrutiny of how it used almost $1 million in state funds. The landlords were not required to clear violations with “Class-1” severity or install necessary fire alarm upgrades in order to accommodate up to 216 families with children for the long run.

After uncovering the details of the contract under the Freedom of Information Law, Elmhurst United has discovered something even more egregious. Mayor de Blasio wants to use government money to fund the installation of kitchens, so the landlord can qualify as a legitimate family homeless shelter. Taxpayers are already paying $3,700 a month to house homeless families of three or four people in a room no larger than 250 square feet. Now, de Blasio wants to go give the landlord an additional $3 million to fulfill critical requirements as a family homeless shelter.

For the Pan Am homeless shelter, there seem to be more questions than answers on the conduct of the mayor’s office. Why is de Blasio so accommodating and hell-bent on awarding 7900 Development LLC and Samaritan Village this contract? There needs to be oversight and adherence to laws and regulations regarding monies spent.

Anna Orjuela

Member of Elmhurst United

jo from elmhurst says:
Spot on. People need to go to jail for what they’re doing to the homeless, the taxpayers, and the people who live around the homeless shelter.
Carlos from Elmhurst says:
The only people benefiting from all this are those greedy homeless shelter landlords (and pols). They’ve been around forever, sucking the city dry and hiding under various LLCs. I bet if Preet Bhara looks a little harder, you see these landlord leaving brown paper bags for Mayor deBlasio and all his cronies.
Daniel Dromm, the councilman for Jackson hts and ELmhurst probably was in on it too. He was against the Pan Am in the beginning, but I bet the reason he shut up and supported the shelter, was after several “donations” lined his pockets.

 

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