GREATER JAMAICA DEVELOPMENT CORP SO-CALLED “AIRPORT VILLAGE” AND “LOOK AT ALL THE HOTELS BEING BUILT” – YES LET’S REALLY LOOK AT “JAMAICA HOMELESS VILLAGE”

From 2008:

‘Airport village’ in Jamaica, Queens (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/airport-village-jamaica-queens-article-1.279867)

 

From 2013:

Jamaica Could be New York’s Next Tourism Hotspot, New BID Director Says (https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150113/jamaica/jamaica-could-be-new-yorks-next-tourism-hotspot-new-bid-director-says)

 


WELL, let me give you an update on some of Downtown Jamaica’s Hotels, that are SMACK in the downtown area:

RAMADA INN at 164-40 Hillside Avenue: This shit hole hotel either last year or the year before, became this “hybrid” of half hotel/half homeless shelter and any day, you will see the dregs of society hanging out by it.

Hybrid Hotel/Homeless Shelter in DOWNTOWN JAMAICA

The reviews off this place on Tripadvisor are let’s say NOT POSITIVE:

“Don’t stay here!”
Reviewed January 3, 2016

Hotel very old, ac/heating system old, noisy and a foul smell was coming from it. Towels dingy and stained, we slept on top of the covers. The staff was very unfriendly and unhelpful!

“Terrible Area”
Reviewed December 30, 2015

This area is ina pretty bad neighborhood. The hotel has about 5 parking spots for customers. Good luck finding street parking. Their hot breakfast are all cooked using the microwave including the eggs. Cable is not digital/HD. Staff in not accomadating. Paid 150 a night. If you re looking for something decent dont book here.

“Regrettable”
Reviewed December 15, 2015

This was a very regrettable experience. I will never return to this ‘hotel’. The first room had hair on the bed when I pulled back the sheets as well as a pillow with mold. The carpet was filthy.

“Horrible”
Reviewed November 17, 2015

Dirty room, broken sofa, very slow room service, weird environment drunk people from neighboring room banged on the door tried to unlock it in the morning.

Reviewed November 11, 2015

I’m been traveling NY for the past 14yrs and never had a issue until now! This is the second time I’m came here. The first night I woke up and went out my door and my room was on a corner there was diarrhea all on the floor and when I called them about it they didn’t even cleaned the floor thatgood it still stunk..

AND this review obviously seen the future of this shit hole:
Rather Stay In A Homeless Shelter”
Reviewed January 10, 2016

From the front desk check-in, to the staff, the room all at best are sub-standard. Wyndham reservation informed me that this Ramada was a tier 4….NOT!

The COMFORT INN at 89-34 162nd St: After seeing some shady folks going inside here and seeing the homeless “doorman” out front yesterday (7.18.17), I talked to a worker there who stated “three floors are for hotel guests and three floors are for homeless:

Downtown Jamaica Comfort Inn. Worker inside told me that 3 floors are for hotel guests and three floors are for homeless. Nothing like being greeted at a hotel than by a half naked homeless man sitting in hot weather.

And now some reviews:
  • B F.
  • Baltimore, MD

They Have Bed Bugs!!! I showed the bites to the front desk, they refunded partially for one night. I was there for three nights. I tried to contact the hotel. No response.

We stayed here on an overnight between airports. I booked since it seemed average and I’m not picky when all I’m going to do is sleep. I just want safe and clean – nothing fancy. We checked in late and the reception staff was very friendly. The room reeked. We had a non-smoking room but the room smelled like smoke and people were smoking weed on our floor and it was wafting in all night. If I had not been set to depart at 6am for the airport, I would have asked for another room on another floor or moved hotels. The breakfast is not that great – you go down into the basement and it has quick items. I opted out and waited for the airport. The staff is very nice but it does not make up for the discomfort of the room.

The room looked great at first but until further inspection we discovered our toilet seat was very loose (my mother almost fell off), the closet door was missing a handle, there were stains on the carpet, and headboard. Stains I understand are a bit difficult but the closet door handle missing and the headboard being dirty with hand prints belonging to someone else? Disgusting. We immediately asked for a change of rooms. Our second room again did NOT have a secure toilet seat or a closet door handle, so the maintenance man came and put one on while we were out. My family and I came back to the room to find hair in our “fresh and clean” new room. Guess the maid didn’t change the sheets. We immediately asked for a change of sheets and by this point we felt the staff was being rude and dismissive with our room requests. (We just wanted a clean, stable room that’s it) We paid over $500 for 3 nights in a horrible area with horrible service. I will never stay here again and DO NOT recommend this hotel.

AND this is another reason why the homeless population is BOOMING in Downtown Jamaica. So GJDC, Jamaica BID, Sutphin BID, HOW DO YOU SELL THIS SHIT AS UP-N-COMING REVITALIZED JAMAICA.
AND this does not even cover the surrounding hotels that have been turned into full blown HOMELESS SHELTERS like the QUALITY INN at 136-68 94 Ave.
AND THIS is what happens to the surrounding area from ALL THIS SHIT. IT AIN’T FUCKING PRETTY. AND IT AIN’T REVITALIZED OR UP-N-COMING OR ANY OTHER BULLSHIT THAT THE POWERS THAT BE SAY. After 6 years in this shit hole, this downtown area and surrounding area is the WORST it has ever been and believe me, it was CRAP before. Now package this in your promotional materials.

Bad Mexican Hombres drinking in public, white white boy in background, cuts up some drugs. A few blocks from where Mayor and crew were doing their bullshit publicity stunt.

Damn, that white boy in the back is cutting up some good shit.

OZONE PARK HOMELESS DROP-IN CENTER OPENS: EXPECT “THE HOMELESS WALKING DEAD” TO MAKE THE AREA EVEN SHITTER

Nothing like making a shitty area, even more shitter with  the a so called “safe haven” and drop-in center, which will house 50 adults for an average of nine months and serve a maximum of 75 clients coming off the street for a day to eat and shower.

The center says they will have a robust 24/7 staffing with on-premise security. YEAH, RIGHT. Expect loitering, drug dealing, increase in crime and other nonsense that this population brings to communities.

I wonder if Breaking Ground’s Executive Director has shelters on his/her block or in his/her community.

The bullshit NEVER ends in SE Queens.

How about a “safe haven” for hard working tax payers who own their property and want a decent quality of life. How about that.

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From Queens Tribune:

Ozone Park Drop-In Center Opens

on: May 18, 2017In: 

The Drop-In Center site on Atlantic Avenue. Photo by Jon Cronin

By Jon Cronin, Editor

The Breaking Ground Drop-In Center has partially opened its Ozone Park location.

Marian Molina, chairwoman of Community Board 9’s health and safety committee, announced at the board’s meeting last week that the homeless center had debuted in the community.

However, a spokeswoman for Breaking Ground said that the residential “safe haven” portion of the center is not yet open.

“Breaking Ground Queens Street to Home staff are currently working out of the building and seeing some of their existing clients there,” the spokeswoman said. “The building is not yet open for walk-ins. Psychiatrists and street medicine nurse practitioners are available to Street to Home clients as needed. The opening of the full facility will be in phases.”

Breaking Ground’s mission is to get homeless persons into permanent housing with the aid of on-site social workers and psychiatric and medical staff.

The nonprofit’s plan includes a “safe haven” and drop-in center, which involves the housing of 50 adults for an average of nine months. It would also serve a maximum of 75 clients coming off the street for a day to eat and shower as well as those in need of education and services that aid in the prevention of losing housing.

In the safe haven portion, residents would get their own room or private space and have no curfews or check-ins. The center would also have a robust 24/7 staffing with on-premise security. Residents would not be kicked out during the day as they are in shelters and are encouraged to stay inside and not loiter outside.

The site has drawn protests from local residents and parents of the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture, which is less than 1,000 feet away.  If the site were a traditional shelter, it would be in violation of state law, which prohibits shelters from being within 1,000 feet of a school.

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) held a town hall in December, during which residents vociferously demonstrated that they are against the opening of the drop-in center.

QUEENS ELECTED OFFICIAL WANTS AN INDEPENDENT INSPECTOR TO OVERSEE HOMELESS SERVICES AGENCY, BUT WHO OVERSEES ELECTED OFFICIALS LIKE CROWLEY

While no doubt we need some type of independent system that looks into homeless services agency, which is known for SHITTY homeless shelters all over that are in major violations, while, major amounts of money fly out the window, courtesy of our tax dollars, we also need an independent council who looks into our local elected officials, many who are corrupt, do nothings and complete whores.

What pisses me off in the article below, this hack Crowley, never mentions how the communities and the hard working people who live in those communities have to deal with all the bullshit, nonsense, crime and quality of life issues that these shelters bring and the bottom of the barrel folks that go into them.

Again, the homeless are not all cute little kids, FUCKING FAR FROM THAT BULLSHIT. They are like these dirt-bag thugs below, lazy ass young man who are chronically unemployed because they are MAJOR FUCK-UPS.

Brooklyn Homeless Shelter residents playing a game of “Crack the Skull”.

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From Queens Courier:

File photo/QNS
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley has introduced legislation to create an inspector general to monitor DHS.

Queens is not immune to the homelessness crisis in New York that is causing both the city and state to scramble to find a solution to the growing number of homeless individuals and families entering the already taxed shelter system.

Now, one lawmaker wants to ensure that these shelter locations are up to code and no longer substandard.

 Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley recently introduced legislation (Introduction 1591) that would create an inspector general for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), who would be responsible for monitoring DHS policies and practices.

According to Crowley, the DHS’ most recent scorecard shows approximately 16,000 open violations across city shelters.

“Far too many of the city’s shelter population are placed in substandard housing, in buildings with a wide range of dangerous conditions,” she said. “The city contracts with nonprofits for these shelters and pays them top dollar, yet the locations are crawling with thousands of violations that haven’t been addressed.”

The inspector general that would be created from Crowley’s proposed bill would staff an office with a director and personnel to investigating not only DHS but the Human Resources Administration (HRA) as well.

There is currently an inspector general through the Department of Investigation which oversees HRA, the Division of Youth and Family Justice, and the Administration for Children’s Services. This leaves the inspector general little room to focus on DHS’ flawed practices, Crowley said.

“We have a record number of homeless people in the shelter system, and too many families right now are in dangerous situations because DHS isn’t doing its job properly,” she added. “The city must put measures in place to keep a watchful eye exclusively on this crisis.”

The inspector general under Crowley’s legislation would be responsible for monitoring only DHS and the nonprofit organizations that it contracts with to operate city shelters for instances of corruption, fraud, waste, and misconduct.

 

MORE REASONS NOT TO HAVE HOMELESS SHELTERS IN YOUR HOOD, ESPECIALLY MEN’S SHELTERS

Like people don’t need to already have reasons for not wanting homeless shelters in their hood, add another one, ROBBERIES, which have increased in Brooklyn (Ha) around a men’s homeless shelter (the worst kind).

Yep, Mister Mayor, most homeless are not cute little kids that you like to toss in front of a camera for a nice photo op. They are the kind like in the story below.

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The Daily News:

EXCLUSIVE: Cops on alert after robberies surge around Brooklyn men’s homeless sh

So far this year, five robberies occurred in close proximity to the Armory Men’s Shelter at 1322 Bedford Ave.

(Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

A string of robberies around a Brooklyn men’s shelter has put Department of Homeless Service officers on high alert both inside and outside the facility.

So far this year, five robberies occurred in close proximity to the Armory Men’s Shelter at 1322 Bedford Ave., according to arrest data provided by the NYPD.

Another two happened within a block of the facility and a third occurred just two blocks away, police said.

Cops said a few of the victims and some of the suspects were linked to the Armory Shelter — but others had no affiliation with the address.

Police were only able to provide names for suspects in the five robberies that happened closest to the Armory Men’s Shelter.

Of the eight suspect names given, four were former clients of the shelter system, according to a law enforcement source.

The Department of Homeless Services has increased the number of peace officers deployed at the facility from 37 to 54 over the last year.

“Improving safety and security for our clients and staff is paramount — and our partnership with the NYPD is helping us do just that, with better policing and increased monitoring resulting in more effective reporting and enforcement in our shelters,” said department spokesman Isaac McGinn.

The Department of Homeless Services has increased the number of peace officers deployed at the facility from 37 to 54 over the last year.

(Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News)

Still, in one incident at 9 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the intersection of Atlantic and Bedford Aves., a man walking from work was approached by one of the suspects, who punched him in the face, threw him to the ground, kicked him and robbed of $500, cops said.

Police arrested Akim Gist that day and charged him with robbery and assault.

Two incidents late in March happened at Bedford and Pacific Aves.

In one case, two men and a woman approached a victim and stole $10. In the second, two suspects punched a male victim in the eye and stole his EBT and debit card, police said. Marcus Springs, 44, and Ronald Fields, 60, were arrested and charged with robbery. Both are former shelter system clients, the law enforcement source said.

The fourth incident happened inside a “residential community,” police said. The victim was robbed of a gold necklace and an Apple watch — and threatened with a knife when he demanded it back, cops said.

The other victims robbed within one or two blocks of the shelter lost iPhones and cash — and in one case, a backpack, cops said.

DHS police officers are aware of the rash of robberies, but there’s little they can do for crimes that happen outside shelter property, sources said.

DHS police officers are aware of the rash of robberies, but there’s little they can do for crimes that happen outside shelter property, sources said.

(Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News)

Over the last week, a man at a facility on E. 30th St. in Manhattan was stabbed in an argument with another client, according to arrest info. The victim is expected to survive.

At that same shelter Thursday night, a resident accused another of trying to perform oral sex on him while he slept. When the victim woke up, he hit the other man to get him to stop. Police came and charged the suspect with forcible touching.

That same evening, at a men’s facility in Brooklyn, one drunk resident stabbed another in the back, cops said. Both survived.

On Wednesday, two women roommates got into a fight in the Bronx and one pulled a knife on the other, cops said.

That same day, at the Armory Shelter in Brooklyn, a male client bashed another one repeatedly with a metal garbage can, police said.

Those incidents followed two other violent assaults — one with a belt buckle prong and the other with a metal pipe — outside homeless shelters, and a report of a loaded .380 magnum found inside the closet of an apartment in a family shelter.

 

THIS FUCKED UP CITY SPENDS OVER HALF A MILLION DOLLARS A NIGHT ON HOTELS FOR HOMELESS – WHAT A WASTE

Can you imagine how all this money could actually help improve this city if it was not wasted irresponsibly like this on this whole homeless bullshit, plus eliminate the Public Advocate position (a completely do nothing job) and it’s entire office and support staff, eliminate all the borough presidents (another useless position) and their offices and support staff, streamline city agencies like MTA, DOB, DOS, DEP, DHS to work more effectively and reduce waste, to increase fines majorly on many quality of life issues and actually ENFORCE them. Get a more efficient and better system than the fucked up 311 that is in place. Eliminate all those useless studies like studies on  trucks driving illegally on residential streets which everyone seems to know about except the city, which needs to do expensive “studies” and all the other wasteful spending this city government does.

But back to this homeless crisis bullshit which is actually Homeless BIG BUSINESS. Eliminate the bullshit “right to shelter” in this city and state. The cities that have this besides NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, LA have the worst homeless situation and problems because everyone from other states that are not “right to shelter”, which is the majority of states and everyone from other countries that comes to the most expensive cities in the country with no job and no kinds of finances (that is idiotic in itself and shows the types of people coming here) and these cities (which are already burdened) become more burdened and have to shell out more money while the cities/states where these slackers come from get off the hook of taking care of their own residents. Then not to mention the money that is wasted and the time that is wasted by NYPD & FDNY on many of these folks who are very problematic. So what I would like to see, which to this date I have not, are the statistics of the homeless in NYC who actually came to this city from elsewhere already homeless. And how about statistics of how long these folks actually stay in these hotels and how long they stay in the homeless system circus. How many eventually get jobs and what are the steps taken to see that such people are either trained or placed in jobs to get them out of the system. I get tired of only hearing there are 65,000 or whatever inflated number the city throws at us. This city is not in the business of attempting to eliminate homelessness they are in the business of increasing it and making more people dependent on the system. It is called HOMELESS BIG BUSINESS and it seems to be A VERY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS.

Homeless shelter with local residents hanging out all day. Two blocks from downtown Jamaica Ave

Jamaica’s newest homeless shelter

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From Times Ledger:

City spends over $500K a night on hotels for homeless: Stringer

A new report by Comptroller Scott Stringer finds the cost of using commercial hotels to house the homeless is soaring in the past four months.

 

The cost of housing the homeless in commercial hotels has skyrocketed in recent months, with the city spending $530,000 per day, up from $400,000 per day just four months ago, according to a new analysis released Monday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. That’s an increase of 32.5 percent.

The report also revealed that the average daily cost for commercial hotel bookings rose 600 percent over 16 months, going from $82,214 per day in November 2015 to $576,203 in February 2017.

“The rising costs are extraordinary, and we are calling for more transparency from the City because the more open we are about our challenges, the more likely we are to solve them,” Stringer said. “Openness will help deliver results.”

The analysis estimates that the number of individuals now being placed in commercial hotels by the Department of Homeless services has jumped 33 percent, to nearly 7,800 New Yorkers, between October 2016 and February 2017.

Commercial hotel shelters often offer limited services, have limited privacy, and lack kitchens. They are largely inappropriate long-term solutions for families trying to get back on their feet, according to Stringer.

“Homeless New Yorkers don’t belong in hotels — this is a practice that has to end,” Stringer said. “Hotel rooms are not only a Band-aid solution to a complex problem, but they’re also very expensive. If families are going to get back on their feet, we need to help get them the services they need.”

The de Blasio administration announced in February the goal of phasing out commercial hotel rooms as a form of homeless shelter six years from now.

To ensure the city reaches that goal, the comptroller says openness and benchmarks are critical. Stringer called on DHS to also share more information publicly on progress around reducing commercial hotel use.

City Hall dismissed the report, saying the comptroller ignored several facts in making his analysis, such as citing the initial charge for booking rooms on certain nights without taking into account discounts that were negotiated.

“The comptroller is behind the curve,” de Blasio spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg said. “We announced as part of our plan that we will be ending the use of hotels by opening a smaller number of better shelters across the five boroughs, reducing the number of shelter sites by 45 percent. The average cost per night of a hotel is $175 and we recently put into place a plan to further reduce costs and improve services.”

Stringer has been a frequent critic of the mayor’s handling of the homeless crisis, with its population at a record-high 60,000 for the last few months, but he has ruled out challenging de Blasio this fall.

 

MAYOR WANTS EACH COMMUNITY TO HOUSE THEIR OWN HOMELESS – DOES THAT INCLUDE OTHER STATES & COUNTRIES WHO WE RECEIVE THEIR HOMELESS DUE TO THE BULLSHIT “RIGHT TO SHELTER” LAW HERE

In the article below:

“I don’t know how a community can say, ‘Here are our own neighbors who ended up homeless — someone else should take care of them,’” de Blasio said Wednesday, a day after announcing plans to open 90 new shelters around the city. “That makes no sense. I think it’s fair to say to every community, do your fair share.”

AND I agree with that statement to a certain point. Homeless from Bronx should not be moved into Jamaica. East New York or Williamburg homeless should not become the problem of South Ozone Park. BUT that is what exactly happens, “selected hoods” (READ: Black, immigrant, lower income) even if they do not have huge numbers of homeless still get homeless and shelters dumped there no matter where they come from.

AND that brings up the biggest issue. Since the Mayor wants each community to take care of their own homeless, what about the homeless (and this city still has not given statistics on this) that come from other parts of the country or even outside this country. What about Joe Blow from Florida or Georgia who decide they are not going to work, not take care of themselves and they hike it to NYC since Florida or Georgia will not put them up for free but NYC will and then that taxes an already problematic system and takes the burden off the place of origin and of course we the tax payers have to pay for that in dollors and poor quality of life that goes with homeless shelters.

Like the douchbag druggie homeless couple whose two daughters died in the clusterfuck apartment in the Bronx with a bad radiator. These totally irresponsible parents, the Ambroses, with no job, no job prospects, no money and two young toddlers who lived in Maine, come to the 2nd most expensive city in the country and the burden is now placed on NYC not Maine to house these douchebags. Let fucking Maine take care of them NOT NYC. Eliminate this “right to shelter” bullshit. The cities with some of the highest out of control homeless situation are “right to shelter”, NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, LA.

Obviously there is a reason why those places are out of control with a homeless problem, this bullshit right to shelter policy. If this DOES NOT GET addressed, the homeless problem just keeps getting bigger in those states and cities.

By the way, that hipster looking young female in the photo below probably came from outside NY.

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From The Daily News:

Mayor de Blasio wants homeless shelters in every neighborhood

2017-03-02_9-34-41Mayor de Blasio says every community should do their part to help the homeless in their area.

(Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News)

Each of the city’s neighborhoods should expect to house shelters for the homeless people from that area, Mayor de Blasio said.

“I don’t know how a community can say, ‘Here are our own neighbors who ended up homeless — someone else should take care of them,’” de Blasio said Wednesday, a day after announcing plans to open 90 new shelters around the city. “That makes no sense. I think it’s fair to say to every community, do your fair share.”

Every one of the 59 community boards in the city should have the capacity to shelter the people from that board, he said. That means at least one shelter building in each board, with more in areas that pump more people into homeless system.

“Literally every community board in the city, every community district, every area of the city has people in the shelter system from that area,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Steve Banks.