Address the homeless issue with transparency
Aug 30, 2016 | 10191 views | 0 0 comments | 396 396 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There's no doubt that the de Blasio administration has taken an aggressive approach in addressing the city's homeless population, but the lack of transparency in their tactics rightfully has residents furious.

It's understandable when a community doesn't want a homeless shelter, whether it be permanent or temporary, but the homeless population continues to rise, so they're becoming increasingly necessary.

However, what's happening across Queens and Brooklyn now is exactly the wrong way to get the community to willingly extend a hand to those less fortunate.

Take for instance the case in Maspeth, where residents feel like they're being notified at the last minute and their voices really don't matter. They don't want an administration that simply puts things like homeless shelters where it wants and when it wants.

Or in Woodside, where a Quality Inn on Queens Boulevard is being used temporarily to house homeless families, but neither the residents or local elected officials were advised.

The same can be said for a proposed shelter in East Williamsburg and plans for temporary drop-in shelter in Bed-Stuy.

Obviously, in cases where the situation is truly temporary, theres doesn't need to be as lengthy a community input process, but a courteous head's up would be nice for the nearby residents.

In most neighborhoods, if you want to build a fence or add an addition to you home you have to go through a lengthy approval process, but in New York City if you're the de Blasio administration you can turn a hotel into a temporary shelter overnight without a whisper.

It's time for the de Blasio administration, if they care about New Yorkers, to become exponentially more transparent when it comes to addressing the homeless issue.
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