Shelter bad for schools, business


To the editor:

(re: “Outrage erupts over homeless shelter,” July 20)

The homeless services department plans to open this shelter at 5731 Broadway next month, with 83 units for families with children under the age of 18.

While I recognize that homelessness is a very serious problem in New York, I do not agree with the decision to open a homeless shelter at this location.

Adding 83 families to this neighborhood will stress schools that already are overcrowded, and will stymie the business climate improvements that we are anticipating along Broadway.

As a homeowner and parent, I am very concerned for my family and real estate with homeless people moving this close to my home. 

This is not good for the area, and also for the family.

Having known someone living in a homeless shelter, there are many rules that do not allow them to be in the facility during certain hours, which would mean they are roaming the streets near my home on Irwin Avenue.