Neighbors voice concerns about proposal to open men's shelter in Bath Beach
Dozens of Bath Beach residents say they are fed up and frustrated with the city’s proposal to open a shelter in their neighborhood.
The shelter is slated to open at 2147 Bath Avenue. But neighbors say the impact the shelter would leave on the community could be damaging.
Elected officials and residents say they will do everything in their power to stop the shelter, which is expected to house 150 single men.
They say that while they are not against helping the homeless, they question the New York City’s Department of Homeless Services methods with creating congregant housing--rather than subsidized or supportive housing.
The site for the proposed facility is on the corner of Bay 29th Street and Bath Avenue. It sits in the middle of a residential area with a few local businesses.
Residents tell News 12 they are concerned about how the facility will impact families, along with local schools in the area.
The proposed facility is similar to another shelter expected to come to Brighton Beach, just three miles from this location. It's all part of the mayor's 'Turning the Tide Plan' to combat homelessness.
The NYC Department of Social Services released a statement, saying: “New Yorkers from every community across the five boroughs have experienced and continue to experience homelessness, so we need every community to come together to address homelessness – now more than ever, in the midst of this crisis. As we implement our borough-based approach, we are ending the use of inefficient stop gap facilities citywide while opening the high-quality facilities New Yorkers in need deserve as they stabilize their lives. This high-quality facility will be the first shelter in this Community District, offering 150 New Yorkers experiencing homelessness the opportunity to get back on their feet safely and closer to their anchors of life in these unprecedented times. Working together with neighbors and not-for-profit service provider ICL, we’re confident that these New Yorkers will be warmly welcomed—and through collaborative support and compassion, we will make this the best experience it can be for all.”