Men's Shelter in CB 9, What's Going On
By Robert Press
Led by City Councilman Riben Diaz Sr. a large group of ministers and community residents came out to announve a community protest on Monday April 29th of the proposed Samaritan Village Adult Mens Shelter at 2008 Westchester Avenue in Parkchester.
The shelter will house 165 adult males according to Councilman Diaz Sr., and he says that there are two schools and a public library very close to the adult men's shelter. Councilman Diaz Sr. says that if a shelter must be placed at 2008 Westchester Avenue, that he would like it to be a family shelter, which according to the Department of Homeless Services is needed.
87th Male District Leader John Perez who was once homeless after serving his country in the Army agreed that the site is better suited as a family shelter than an adult male shelter.
It seems that while construction is under way to convert the once garage imto an adult mens shelter run by Samaritan Village, there has been no public meeting as required New York state law. Normally this meeting is with the local community board, but there seems to have neen a private meeting on March 15th between Samaritan Village and the District Manager of Community Board 9.
Upon checking with Community Board 9, The minutes of the April 2nd Social Services Committee shows in the DM Report there will be notes from the 2008 Westchester Avenue shelter meeting that happened on March 15th.
Other items include a Town Hall meeting on April 12th at St. Helenas Church, with DHS in attendance (the meeting is now scheduled for May 3rd which is being hosted by State Senator Luis Sepulveda and Assemblywoman Karines Reyes). Samaritan Village will do a presentation at the May 7th Social Services Committee meeting. DHS will be coming to the April General Board meeting, and that CB 9 will have nine shelters when 2008 Westchester Avenue opened.