City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Council Member Robert Holden to check out the proposed shelter site on Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Photo courtesy of Robert Holden.

Holden Hunkers Down For Round Two of Shelter Fight

A proposed shelter site in Glendale gives literal meaning to the term “warehousing” the homeless and, for the second time in five years, Council Member Robert Holden is gearing up to fight it.

The Department of Homeless Services has proposed converting a vacant factory and warehouse at 78-16 Cooper Avenue into a shelter for homeless men.

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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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