Response from Dept of Homeless Services on Shelter Proposal

Response from Dept of Homeless Services on Shelter Proposal

Last Tuesday, I joined with Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblywoman Joan Millman to send a joint letter to DHS to demand that the Department of Homeless Services provide written responses, by the close of business last Friday, October 19th, to our numerous questions about this proposal – primarily how the City intends to squeeze 170 people into a 10-unit building, with no plans provided for social services or security, and disregard for City rules and processes. You can find the letter we received from DHS this afternoon below.

My colleagues and I find this letter to be inadequate and unresponsive to our questions and the community’s appropriate and reasonable concerns. DHS failed to provide building plans, describe the construction work that is underway, or address the Certificate of Occupancy issues; failed to provide the service plan proposed by Housing Solutions USA; failed to provide sufficient information about the security program proposed by Housing Solutions USA; failed to address the use of the City’s emergency contracting rules to rush through this proposal without community input or good public process; and failed to address the potential conflicts-of-interests identified (concerns which have been amplified in the past week, as the result of additional information that has come to light, first in New York Times here, and then covered in detail by Capital New York here and here).

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