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Residents Draft Petition to Allow Input on Homeless Shelter Issue

The petition asks elected officials for the right to have a say in whether or not the homeless shelter makes its way into the neighborhood.

 

When Housing Solutions USA/Aguila Inc. submitted its proposal to the Department of Homeless Services to open a homeless shelter at 165 W. 9th St., between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue, many Carroll Garden residents were not happy with the prospect of such an addition to the neighborhood. 

Now those residents are taking action, and have drafted a petition asking elected officials for the right to have a say in whether or not the homeless shelter makes its way into Carroll Gardens. 

"Community input and due process are part of the building blocks of our local democracies," the petition states.

"The redesignation of buildings without any community input in a neighborhood full of concerned residents, families and local businesses seems to negate their role in community development and is a top down power move that negates the vibrancy and importance of local residents," it continues. 

The letter goes on to state the concerns "residents, neighbors, Business Owners, Parents and property owners" have with the "lack of due process and community input for this venture before its arrival."

Since the project is being authorized under an emergency contract rule, formal public input, input from local leaders' offices or the full City Council and voting on the matter is not required. Also, under this rule, only 30 days community notice is required.

"We are demanding a process whereby we can meet with elected officials and understand how these decisions that affect our neighborhood have been made and we have the opportunity to be heard and take a role in this process," the petition states. 

So far, 420 signatures have been signed to the petition. The petition needs 80 more signatures before it is able to be sent to Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services Seth Diamond, Deputy Mayor Iinda Gibbs and Councilman Brad Lander.

who cares October 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM
There are few shelters that go unnoticed because they house folks that blend in. The image of a contemporary homeless person is not one with a bag tied at the end of a branch or a wood pole over their shoulder. check out a few of these shelters in and around boerum hill and downtown brooklyn: http://www.iclinc.net/AboutICL.aspx http://www.shelterlistings.org/details/21132/
JRD October 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM
You are comparing apples and oranges. These shelters you linked to are completely different that what is being proposed in South Carroll Gardens. 1st, they are not 170 people squeezed into a TEN unit building. The Lutheran Men's shelter has 210 units. 2nd - they offer transitional and social services to truly help people. This shelter will not, these people will most likely need to be out all day, where will they go? There will most definitely be an impact because, 3rd - the shelters you linked to are downtown. This shelter is going on the edge of Carroll Gardens where it is all diverse young families and 90% residential 3 story walk ups. There are 4 pre-schools within 1.5 blocks of this shelter. This is going to change the neighborhood no matter if they carry bags on a stick or briefcases. It's too large for the building, it's too large for the population density.
JBMom October 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
That particular block of 9th street has approximately 18 two and three story homes. If you estimate approximately 10 people per building, that's 180 current residents on the block. I don't know the actual numbers but assuming I'm close, the shelter would just about double the block's population. That doesn't sound like a great fit to me.

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