Residents want advanced notice of new homeless shelters
In response to the mayor's plan to build more homeless shelters around the Big Apple, some leaders are calling on city officials to keep communities more informed about plans that may impact their neighborhoods.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that New York is facing record-high homelessness, but many residents are resistant to new shelters near their homes.
The city is leasing rooms from the Van Cortlandt Motel on Broadway to temporarily house homeless families, but neighbors say they received no advanced notice of the move before it began last summer.
The mayor's office says that because the motel is not an actual shelter, the city was not required to give community notification.
State Sen. Jeffrey Klein wants to add a requirement that the city disclose temporary shelters to neighbors one week before they open. He also wants a public list made available of all such sites. For official shelters, he wants to extend the current 30-day advanced notice requirement to 45 days.
The hotel room program will be phased out as part of the mayor's new plan.