District 30 Council Member Robert Holden // Courtesy of Robert Holden

Glendale Braces For A Familiar Shelter Battle

Council Member Robert Holden and Glendale residents are gearing up for another fight with the Department of Homeless Services, and it’s a familiar one.

On Friday, DHS said it was considering a proposal for a homeless shelter inside an abandoned factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, a site previously proposed for shelter use in 2013. Holden, then the president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, vigorously opposed the proposal and rallied residents to successfully block the site. Holden’s protests against the shelter in Glendale and, later, the use of a Maspeth hotel as shelter for homeless New Yorkers, helped catapult his 2017 candidacy for City Council.

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Joe Caruana, president of a neighborhood association in Ozone Park criticizes the shelter proposal // Eagle photo by Andy Katz

Ozone Park Residents Square Off With DHS Over Shelter Site

A hearing over a homeless shelter in Ozone Park attracted hundreds of residents eager to confront Department of Homeless Services officials over the agency’s proposal to turn a former church into a shelter for homeless men with mental illness Thursday.

The evening was punctuated by angry outbursts, including from local lawmakers.

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The Bedford-Atlantic Armory Men's Shelter in Brooklyn // Google Maps

De Blasio Streamlines Rental Assistance Vouchers for City’s Homeless

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that New York City will consolidate the various and confusing ways homeless residents can apply for housing assistance to get back on their feet.

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