Hundreds rally against possible Brighton Beach homeless shelter
Hundreds gathered to rally outside Gracie Mansion Sunday to express their opposition against a controversial homeless shelter slated to open in Brighton Beach.
The building at 100 Neptune Ave, is the site of planned homeless shelter in the are, which would be able to house 170 people. According to the Department of Homeless Services, it will be the first traditional shelter in the community.
Councilman Chaim Deutsch says its not a good solution and organized the rally.
He and others say this is an outdated approach to the homeless crisis, but also ignores the needs of the homeless population in southern Brooklyn. Instead, he says officials should focus on a more permanent housing solution for people who need it.
There were other concerns raised about the site over the last few months, including possible environmental contamination from being used as an auto repair shop as well as flooding concerns since this building is so close to the coast.
A spokesperson from DHS says in a statement in part, "Working together with neighbors and not-for-profit service provider core, we're confident that these New Yorkers will be warmly welcomed - and through collaborative support and compassion, we will make this the best experience it can be for all."