Are you trying to tell me that finally some members of the Jamaica community are finally growing balls and fighting back on quality of life issues, like this awful dumping of homeless shelters in Jamaica, which there are over 20. Mayor Dumbo makes a very rare appearance in Jamaica at a somewhat secret town hall meeting that I and others found out after it happened. Seems that the town hall was hand-picked and had the usual local elected leaders and their minions there. I mean a town hall meeting should be publicized for ALL to attend, not a handful, hence it being called a “town hall” not a “select meeting”.
Folks did give Dumbo an earful on all these homeless shelters in the community, BUT, where were all these Jamaica folks and so-called “leaders” way before Mayor Dumbo was even a Public Advocate, when homeless shelters were being dumped in the community back then. After over a dozen are dumped here, devaluing property and causing quality of life issues, then they stand up and finally say something. Where were the Comries, the Cooks, the Scarboroughs, the Reddick’s, the Meeks, The Flakes, etc when this was taking place years ago (same with that poisonous Royal Waste facility).
Every other day it seems another community is getting this whole big business homeless hotel shit (which as I said is illegal) shoved down their throats and I think this is good because for once, I think (hopefully) that people are finally wising up and standing up on this issues.
This Mayor has been so ineffective and destructive at the same time, while accomplishing very little, yet, this douche bag may get another 2nd term, if folks fall asleep at the wheel. Massive turnout, especially from communities who have had this bullshit thrown at them, can change that though.
Warehousing of vulnerable human beings is appalling and then putting them in to hotels, which is ILLEGAL just adds to it. And while many say “poor homeless”, what about hard working folks who actually pay taxes and the lowering of property values and quality of life when many of these homeless hotels get dumped into their communities, which by the way happen to the majority of more vulnerable communities many times and get dumped by the dozen in communities of color, like Jamaica, while many communities have none to little. And this has nothing to do with how many homeless are in those communities, since a community like Jamaica has many homeless put into shelters that are from places like Bronx and other communities. Don’t know what the statistics are but I am sure the number of actually homeless from Manhattan far out way the homeless in Queens, yet Queens is becoming know as Homeless Village from the previous title of the Third World Borough. Hell, even third world folks are waking up to this bullshit.
While this mayor did not cause this homeless problem (which is a problem not a crisis like they are telling the sheep, a city of say 9 million with a homeless population of 60,000 is only .66%, hardly a crisis), he has handled the situation poorly along with the questionable Department of Homeless Services which is fucking over both these homeless folks and the communities where they are getting dumped. His lack of proper answers, lack of focusing on this issue at hand, deflecting constantly shows they Mayor Dumbo is your typical bullshit politician and this ego maniac who can never admit when he is wrong, is the flip-side of a Donald Trump, all bullshit and no substance.
First this whole law “right to shelter” in NYC needs to end since we have many coming from other states & countries putting the cost burden on NY as opposed to where these people originated. And instead of building more and more hotels and luxury apartment building, build some small apartment buildings for these populations and spread them out evenly over all areas and provide the proper services for these folks including becoming NOT homeless and properly employed instead of dumping them into hotel rooms and letting them fend for themselves and staying in the cycle of homelessness. We have already seen what the cycle of welfare did decades ago, now meet the “new boss”, the homeless cycle, which is making a select few rich.
Mayor Dumbo needs to focus on the people who pay taxes and pay your salary as opposed to continuously siding with a group of people who you would not have living near you in your Park Slope home.
And again .66% of people in NYC that are homeless IS NOT A CRISIS, not even close. The crisis is the destruction of quality of life in communities for hard working people just trying to keep their heads above water at times. A crisis is the destruction of the middle class. That is a crisis, not a mishmash of people who are chronic drug addicts/alcoholics, mentally ill, sexual predators, criminals, chronically unemployed, illegally in this country, coming from other states and plan lazy then mixed in with families & veterans who are NOT getting the proper help and instead being warehoused with the “deplorables” I just mentioned.
Face it, this homeless crowd just does not make good neighbors and living in Jamaica, land of the homeless shelter, I can tell you that first hand. Maybe they need a class on being respectful and good neighbors first, maybe that is why they are part of the homeless crew to begin with.
TRUTH & REALITY.
From Queens Chronicle:
No shelter for mayor at Wilkins town hall
CB 12 residents get no assurances on spreading out homeless facilities
Mayor de Blasio, still fending off relentless criticism over negotiations to place a city homeless shelter in Maspeth, found no respite on Sept. 28 at a town hall meeting in St. Albans.
More than 250 residents attended the meeting, hosted by Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), in the gymnasium at Roy Wilkins Park. The mayor gave a brief summary of things he believes his administration has progressed on in everything from education to crime.
But the lengthiest — and most vociferous — conversations involved the proliferation of homeless shelters and supportive housing in Southeast Queens.
And they directly accused the city of steering homeless shelters to communities of color.
“This is [Department of Homeless Services] data,” Jamaica resident Gary James said. “The top 10 community boards in the city have more homeless shelters than the remaining 49. Fourteen have none at all.”
The Community Board 12 area in Southeast Queens has about 32 percent of the Queens homeless population and more than 50 percent of the borough’s shelters, according to board officials.
He and Anthony Rivers of St. Albans, the latter of whom is the co-founder of a group that delayed but could not stop a veterans’ shelter on Hollis Avenue, said shelters always appear to be located in communities of color, and that those with few to none are largely white and affluent.
James asked if the mayor would put forth legislation requiring an equal distribution among all community boards.
De Blasio did not respond to that. But he also said the homeless situation, with 60,000 in the city, and the law are a bit more complicated.
He also prefaced his response by saying it would not necessarily be what the crowd wanted to hear.
“Sixty thousand,” de Blasio said. “Think about that.”
He said first that under state law the city may not turn away anyone seeking to be sheltered.
“I have to place them anywhere I can find space,” he said.
He also said the DHS is attempting to shelter people within the borough in which they live in an effort to keep them closer to things like their jobs and children’s schools.
As for racial disparity in the selection process, the mayor told the crowd to look a few miles to the west in Maspeth.
“The city will be going into places where it has never gone before,” he said. “Maspeth is an example of that.”
Maspeth residents have resisted furiously, staging marches at a Holiday Inn that the city plans to turn into a shelter; the Long Island home and another business of the Holiday Inn’s owner; and even the Brooklyn home of DHS Commissioner Steve Banks.
Banks, before accepting a position in the de Blasio administration, spent the better part of two decades battling the city in the courts over homeless issues.
“In many ways I feel Maspeth residents acted inappropriately,” de Blasio said, claiming Banks has received a threat against himself and his family.
The NYPD confirmed for the Chronicle that Banks reported an anonymous threatening phone call, but declined a Freedom of Information request to release a copy of the report.
De Blasio said, in line with attempts to keep the homeless within their communities, that 250 Maspeth residents are listed as homeless. The DHS has said it cannot confirm the figure.
Rivers accused the mayor of using Maspeth as a smokescreen.
“In the time you have been negotiating a shelter in Maspeth, two more have opened up in Community Board 12,” he told de Blasio.
An issue that recently has gone hand-in-hand with shelters in the area is a vast increase in the number of hotels of various sizes that either are under construction or moving through the approval process in Southeast Queens.
Some of the larger, national hotel chains appear genuinely interested in catering to guests from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station hub, which provides quick and direct access to both JFK and Manhattan.
Rivers added, however, that at least two large chains in the area have been accepting DHS clients.
It is the smaller ones that residents and civic leaders fear are more likely to be converted to shelters, or at least to house large numbers of homeless with the city picking up the tab.
Jacqueline McMorris DeLisser of Jamaica lives near a pair of small hotels being built within two blocks of each other on and at the north end of Waltham Street. She said the clustering of some developments have her and her neighbors terrified for what may be coming.
“What are you going to do to stop the hotels?” DeLisser asked.
De Blasio did say there are some things the city could look at like zoning changes that could reduce things like the number of hotels that could be approved in business zones that overlay the ends of streets zoned residential.
“It’s about determining what’s suitable for the neighborhood,” he said.