Dept. of Homeless Services under fire for apparent support of unlawful Bronx shelters

The New York City Department of Homeless Services is under fire tonight for allegedly funding a pair of Bronx homeless shelters that house occupants illegally.

The facilities are located on Southern Boulevard and Hall Place.

The facilities are located on Southern Boulevard and Hall Place. (8/1/13)

HUNTS POINT - The New York City Department of Homeless Services is under fire tonight for allegedly funding a pair of Bronx homeless shelters that house occupants illegally.

The Department of Buildings says the facilities, located at 731 Southern Blvd. and 1075 Hall Place, were originally slated to be used for residential apartments. However, the property owner is instead operating a transitional homeless shelter in both places, making their current use against the law.

The owner's attorney tells News 12 that the use of the buildings as shelters is legal. In addition, the lawyer says the DOB found no life safety issues in the buildings, meaning the tenants can stay put for the time being.

Community Board 2 plans to meet with a slew of city officials next month to determine the future of the shelters.
 

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