Spitballing shelter locations - Maspeth Homeless Shelter Doesn't Make Sense
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Homelessness is an issue most people don't fully understand. It’s safe to say that also holds true for those in the de Blasio administration responsible for finding new shelters, who use an “emergency declaration” by the mayor to put these important services indiscriminately throughout the city.

Maspeth is the latest community under the threat of a homeless shelter where it doesn’t belong.

Those in the business of running shelters will tell you they should be sited in neighborhoods where other services for the homeless are strong.

Services like job training, family counseling and top-notch after-school programs. Mass transit and subway options are of utmost importance so those who work can easily and quickly get there.

Maspeth has none of these services, and if you were to look at a subway map it is obvious there is no neighborhood in western Queens farther from the train than Maspeth.

The three-year-old Holiday Inn Express off Maurice Avenue near the Long Island Expressway is simply a bad location for provider Acacia to open a 115-family homeless shelter.

There are currently more than 55,000 people in New York City who are classified as homeless, but the type of person most people would associate with homelessness might not even be in the system.

When we see a person with a sign stating they are homeless, sitting on a street or waiting at a busy traffic signal begging for money, there is a good chance that he or she is not even counted in those homeless numbers.

That person often drifts from town to town to find a safe place to sleep. Most parents have nightmares about those people interacting with their children.

On the other hand, a good majority of the registered homeless currently or have recently had a job. It's difficult for most people in New York City to make ends meet, so it's easy to imagine how a person with a minimum wage job and possibly children to feed might not be able to pay rent in Queens.

There is a conception that the homeless are beggars and thieves. We know better.

Homeless want to live near schools, near a train and in areas where there are social services to help them. They don't want to live in desolate surroundings near factories, where this hotel is located.

None of these services are prevalent in Maspeth.
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Margaret K.
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August 11, 2016
1John 3.17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

Proverbs 31.8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 14.21 … Blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Anonymous2727
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August 28, 2016
Seriously Margaret? The above writer just said shelters "should be sited where other services for homeless are strong...like job-training, family counseling...after school programs...mass transit and subway options" - nowhere is there a closed heart mentioned. To bring people with zero resources, to a place that currently has no resources for them - seems the opposite of your proverbs, and demonstrates your truly poor understanding of homeless situations. If you and your community would like to provide the above services NOW, please propose something. Otherwise an industrial area, without "goods" such as public transit or even a grocery store is not a good place to help further the "rights of the poor and needy"