South Ozone Park residents continue fighting converted homeless shelter
by Cynthia Via
Apr 19, 2011 | 5134 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Tuesday, April 12, was part two of a community meeting at P.S. 124 regarding the South Ozone Park Skyway Family Center. Residents say that proper notification wasn't given to them that the shelter would be converted from a family shelter into a shelter for adult males.

Councilman Ruben Wills joined community members, parents, and school officials to discuss the growing concerns caused by Skyway Hotel, located two blocks from P.S. 124 on 132-10 South Conduit Avenue.

It has come to the attention of the community that more than one convicted sexual predator might be residing at Skyway and over 150 residents will be placed in the shelter by the end of the month.

Capt. Thomas Pascale, Commanding Officer of the 106th Precinct, told the audience that if sexual offenders move into the shelter, the Board of Education and the parents will be notified.

P.S. 124 Principal Valerie Lewis is planning on requesting a fourth safety agent to guard the students. Skyway Hotel currently sends a security guard in the morning and one in the afternoon. The 106th Precinct is responsible for sending a patrol car to drive around Skyway and check the school in the morning and during dismal.

“I’m concerned when our kids leave the perimeter of the school,” said Lewis. “There’s only so much I can do.”

Representatives from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and Skyway Hotel housing provider, BASICS Housing Inc., were expected to attend the follow-up meeting to address new safety plans, but they were a no-show.

Facilities like Skyway were voted upon in a 1989 City Charter change, which meant that facilities such as homeless shelters would be equally distributed across the city.

Wills and other elected officials claim that certain communities, particularly those in outer borough, urban minority neighborhoods, are bearing the brunt of an over-abundance of these facilities, with fewer resources and without proper notification to residents.

According to Wills, there are 14 homeless shelters in Southeast Queens, or 68 percent of the homeless shelters in the entire borough.

“The city has a mandate to house the homeless, but we are getting the brunt of it,” he said. “We get waste transfer stations, shelter, prisons — everything undesirable.”

DHS is being criticized for bypassing the community and converting the facility without warning. Wills was told the reason DHS put the shelter in “emergency fashion” was due to a spike in single men homeless population.

Wills was also told the reason why these facilities pop up in the area: the land is cheaper.

“If the land is cheaper, how come we don’t have the abundance of youth centers and community centers?” he said.

“This is a neighborhood of hardworking people,” said Harriet James, a longtime resident. “Why is our community becoming a dumping ground?”

Wills and others, like Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, are working with community advocacy groups and lawyers to decide on the next step before a five to nine year contract is awarded by the city.

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Helen R.
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December 01, 2011
URGENT!!

ORGANIZE NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! THE SAME THING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN EAST ELMHURST NY!

THE KINGS INN FAMILY CENTER LOCATED AT 8702 23 AVE EAST ELMHURST WHICH HOUSES SINGLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN IS ABOUT TO BE CONVERTED TO A SINGLE MEN SHELTER AND ALL THE CHILDREN THERE WILL BE DISPLACED AND DISPERSED ALL OVER THE CITY, WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR WELL BEING!! THIS WILL BE DONE TO HOUSE EX-CONS, REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS, VIOLENT CRIMINALS, PEDOPHILES, AND GOD KNOWS WHO....

"THANKS" TO DEPT OF HOMELESS SERVICES (DHS) THE COMMUNITY OF EAST ELMHURST HAS NOT BEEN NOTIFIED, JUST LIKE THEY DID NOT NOTIFY ANYONE AT THE SKYWAY NEIGHBORHOOD!!

THE EXACT SAME THING WILL HAPPEN IN EAST ELMHURST, IF THIS IS ALLOWED TO HAPPEN, AND THE QUIET NEEDY WOMEN AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN OF THE KINGS INN FAMILY SHELTER ARE REMOVED, EX-CONS AND POTENTIAL RE-OFFENDERS ARE ALLOWED TO MOVE IN INTO THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

PLEASE STOP THIS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!! TELL THE BLOOMBERG ADMIN YOU WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS!!!

SPEAK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS!! ORGANIZE AND DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO KEEP THIS NICE NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN AND CRIME FREE!!!

PLEASE CONTACT

COMMUNITY BOARD 3- EAST ELMHURST NY

82-11 37 AVE

TEL # 718-458-2707 FAX 718-458-3316

CONTACT GRACE LAWRENCE AND GIOVANNA REID, DIST MGR

EMAIL: COMMUNITYBOARD3@NYC.RR.COM

SENATOR JOSE PERALTA, DISTRICT 13

3237 JUNCTION BLVD

EAST ELMHURST NY

TEL: 718-205-3881 FAX 718-205-4145

CALL 311 AND ASK FOR THE NEW CITIZEN SERVICE CENTER TO FILE COMPLAINT MAKE SURE YOU GET AN INCIDENT REPORT # AND GIVE IT TO COMMUNITY BOARD 3

DANIEL DROMM, DISTRICT 25 COUNCIL MEMBER

3732 75 ST

JACKSON HEIGHTS NY

TEL # 718-803-6373 FAX # 718-803-9832

PUBLIC ADVOCATE BILL DE BLASIO

1 CENTRE ST

NY NY

TEL # 212-669-7200 OR 212-669-7250 FAX 212-669-4701

EMAIL ADDRESS: PUBLICADVOCATE.NYC.GOV/CONTACT-US

OR

SARAH FIGUEREO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR

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