Make no mistake, people are not against homeless folks (which by the way, to lump everyone into the term “homeless” is so wrong), people are against an heartless administration, DHS and Mayor “Big Bird” Dumbo for turning all Queens communities into homeless shelter city and using hotels as an illegal dumping ground to warehouse people. Hotels that do not have kitchens, hotels that are far from services and transportation and displacing people from their neighborhood to a far away neighborhood. Ask Mayor Dumbo if he has any homeless shelters in his community, ask Queens Borough President Melinda Katz how many shelters are in Forest Hill. The warehousing of homeless people, which by the way is a problematic mix bag of mentally ill, drug addicts, sex offenders, criminals lumped in with veterans, families and children. The people of Maspeth have been organizing to protest the turning of a hotel in their area into a homeless shelter and for now have won that fight. Now these folks are organizing all communities in Queens and elsewhere to start major protesting where turning hotels into homeless shelters have become big business which destroy quality of life in the communities and do a complete disservice to many homeless people. Are all people in shelters problematic, no, but many are as Long Island City can tell you about the major problems they have when a five year old hotel (and a very fancy one to boot), The Verve was turned into a women’s homeless shelter (http://www.qgazette.com/news/2016-09-28/Front_Page/Cops_Answered_641_Calls_At_Dutch_Kills_Shelter.html) where there were police answered 641 311 calls. BUT then if you live in Jamaica, you know how problematic some of these people can be as seen by the problematic El Camino shelter in Jamaica at 89-30 161st St.
The Maspeth/Middle Village Task Force states:
“There will be a protest this Sunday at 11am at the Holiday Inn Express 154-71 Brookville Blvd. Maspeth protesters will be joining the Rosedale/Meadowmere community.” To be placed on their mailing list for future protests contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now want to see how this Mayor and DHS are handling homeless, check out this video of a mother and her two sons who were shipped all the way from the Bronx and dumped in a filthy hotel turned shelter in Jamaica:
Homeless Family Placed in Jamaica Hotel Calls Living Conditions ‘Foul’
From LI Herald:
Homeless housing angers residents
Officers: Community should report incidents to the police
Meadowmere Park residents are angry that the nearby Holiday Inn, at the intersection of Brookville Boulevard and Rockaway Turnpike in Rosedale, Queens, is housing homeless people — mostly men — from New York City.
According to Meadowmere Park community members, homeless people occupy 75 of the hotel’s 205 rooms, and are being housed two to a room. The Holiday Inn did not respond to requests for comment.
Greta Guarton, executive director of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, said that many of the hotel’s occupants were placed by the Department of Homeless Services of New York City. “I double-checked, and the shelter in that hotel is operated by the city,” Guarton said. “They would be considered New York City residents.”
Camille Rivera, the deputy commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services, in New York City, said that she wasn’t able to confirm any details about whether any homeless people were placed at the Holiday Inn. “We have a history of using hotels to place homeless people,” she said. “I don’t think we have any people placed there at that hotel.” As for how many people her department places in hotels, their ages, or any other details, she wasn’t able to comment.
Meadowmere Park residents say they have seen the hotel’s homeless residents panhandling and urinating in public. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., when the hotel staff cleans and maintains the rooms and property, its occupants roam Rockaway Turnpike and, residents say, venture into their neighborhood, which is less than a half mile from the hotel. With the weather improving, they say they are concerned that the situation will worsen.
Diane Kirchner, a resident who organized a community meeting at the Meadowmere Park firehouse on April 29, said she was upset for several reasons. “There’s been no transparency,” she said. “They were placed within one mile of a park and within close proximity to the [Lawrence] high school. The only way we found out about this situation was when there was a small fire in the hotel building three weeks ago and they all had to evacuate.”
Kirchner said she had called M&R Management, a Great Neck-based company that operates the Holiday Inn, but had received no response. As of press time, the Herald’s calls to the management company had not been returned, either, and were redirected to the hotel’s onsite manager, who also did not respond.
Ruth Samuelson, the president of the Meadowmere Park Civic Association, said that the area isn’t the best place for homeless people to find employment. “If they want to look for work, this place isn’t good for them,” she said. “Where could they go? With only a bus line and a few stores, they can’t find work here. There’s no real access to public transportation for them.”
Another resident, Jennifer Bouderau, said she worries about her three children, ages 12, 5 and 4. “This is not a good situation,” she said. “It’s affecting our kids now. On a Friday night a few weeks ago, my kids were outside playing soccer, and ended up coming in early. It’s scary to our kids, and this situation hits too close to home.”
Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and County Legislator Carrie Solages (D- Elmont), who attended last week’s meeting, said they would contact other leaders and investigate how the decision was made to place homeless people at the hotel.
Kaminsky expressed the concern that some of them could be registered sex offenders. “Nassau County currently has no [local] sex offender law,” he said. “We have to make laws for what we do with them.”
Solages asked residents to be specific about what they see. “Are there any reported crimes yet?” he asked. “Start a paper trail of incidents. Report to authorities what you’re seeing and experiencing.”
Have an opinion about the issue of accommodating homeless people in local hotels? Send your letter to the editor to email@example.com.