Shelter solution?
Nov 09, 2016 | 16198 views | 0 0 comments | 1059 1059 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

When Mayor Bill de Blasio held a town hall meeting in Bayside last month with Councilman Paul Vallone, I raised my hand and was called upon by the mayor.

My issue was the homeless. I reminded the mayor of the time that Governor Mario Cuomo shut down all psychiatric hospitals in New York, dumping patients into our communities, without any services.

After reading week after week of the problems of not in my backyard (NIMBY) by community residents regarding the homeless being dumped into hotels, I decided to bring my idea to the mayor.

Our tax dollars are still paying for those psychiatric hospitals languishing, and as far as I know, still empty. I suggested the mayor and councilman contact Governor Andrew Cuomo and suggest they appoint a commission to look into the possibility of making the hospitals one-room apartments.

Just as the residents have the right to protest the dumping of the homeless in their community, this population has the right to be offered decent living conditions.

They certainly do not deserve the rejections they suffer and unsafe shelters.

When I went undercover as a battered woman 20 years ago, I was astonished at the dreary and unsafe shelters I was referred to. When will this city's elected officials start protecting and serving the homeless?

I have called Vallone and the mayor's office, and have not had my calls returned. Maybe these hospitals are being offered to developers, which wouldn't surprise me at all.


Joyce Shepard


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