Riverdale residents ‘blinded’ to plans to build neighborhood homeless shelter

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Residents of Riverdale said they were “blinded” by the city’s plans to build a homeless men’s shelter in the northwestern part of the neighborhood.

Residents said they found out just days ago at a meeting of Community Council 8 that the city was building a homeless shelter on Broadway and West 262nd Street.

The news prompted some residents to gather in the neighborhood to protest the city’s decision. Many of them said they were concerned that the addition of a homeless shelter would affect the safety and security of this neighborhood, which is home to a large population of young children and the elderly.

They said they are not against the idea of ​​building homeless shelters for those in need, but the problem is building it in their neighborhood.

They said that a shelter housing many homeless men in one room would not allow them to thrive and that they could not be placed in an area where they did not have access to resources to help them. take control of their lives. They explained that their part of Riverdale has limited access to public transportation and food.

Residents have filed an online petition that has already received over 1,000 signatures.

According to the Department of Social Services, the men’s shelter will have 130 beds and will open in the fall of 2023. There will also be a 10 p.m. curfew and 24-hour, seven-day-a-week security in the area. ‘establishment.


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