The following is a statement from Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito on the proposed W. 107th Street transitional housing shelter:
I am opposed to the current proposal to open a transitional housing shelter at 237 & 239 W. 107th Street, based on the information I have learned about the history of this building and its owner. I have contacted the Department of Homeless Services to express my deep concerns with the plan as it stands and to request a meeting with the Commissioner where issues raised by the surrounding community can be heard and addressed.
Commissioner Hess has requested a one-on-one meeting with me on Monday to discuss the proposal and we will be organizing a subsequent meeting with community representatives. As has been reported, the non-profit provider, Help USA, has pulled out of the plan. I will continue to monitor this situation closely.