I have a few things of note
Firstly, those who live in Bed Stuy and Crown Heights probably know about the brewing battle with the armory shelters on Bedford and Sumner (aka Marcus Garvey) avenues. Bloomberg wants to close the Bellevue shelter in manhattan (to build a LUXURY HOTEL) and transfer over HUNDREDS (850 to be exact) of men to the shelters on Bedford and Sumner. Seriously, I can name at least 5 okps who live in the vicinity of both of these shelters so y’all need to listen up because this does affect you!
And of course, as a resident of Bed Stuy and as someone who lives 3 blocks from the Sumner armory, I’m concerned. Especially when the men who were supposed to be placed in the armory were to be people with jobs who temporarily needed housing and some of these men will need services these shelters will not provide. Not only that, they’ll be released into the streets at 6am and they’ll be walking around, again, without the assistance they need. Where will they go? What will they do?
So, there is a town hall meeting next Thursday, November 13th, from 7:00-9:00. The commisioner of DHS (Dept of Homeless Services) and other elected officials will be there. I have flyers and a form letter if people are interested in being more involved but here’s the info for the meeting:
St. Christopher-Ottile Beacon Center
(PS 35) 272 MacDonough Street (btwn Lewis and Marcus Garvey)
Thursday November 13, 2008 7-9pm