Homeless shelter town hall still in the works
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 23, 2014 | 405 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Executive members of Community Board 5 are still searching for a location large enough to hold a highly anticipated town hall meeting with members of the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and Samaritan Village regarding the proposal for a 125-family transitional housing facility in Glendale.

“We are still waiting for a response from the commissioner as to when they’re available,” said CB5 chair Vincent Arcuri. “I want to urge people to preregister so we know how many so we give them enough time to speak.”

While the board is awaiting word from the city, DHS acknowledged that a meeting will be set up after confirmation from Samaritan Village, the developers of the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.

“We’re waiting on Samaritan Village to come up with a date for CB5, and at that point I believe there will be a presentation with the public,” explained DHS spokesperson Christopher Miller.

DHS announced their approval for the roughly $27 million plan to convert the abandoned 51,000-square-foot industrial facility, citing a fair share clause, making claim that the district is underrepresented in homeless and transitional facilities.

Members of the Glendale community have long argued their opposition to the “warehouse-style” approach to boarding homeless families in transition to becoming financially independent, and board members have suggested looking at advocacy groups like the Coalition for the Homeless for support.

Although a spokesperson at the Coalition for the Homeless said they would not make any comment on a specific shelter proposal, they have previously stated their opposition for converting warehouse spaces into housing in the past.

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