Department of Homeless Services

Sandy families out of hotel program
News Maggie Hayes 9/27/2013 at 5:09PM

Displaced families whose homes were destroyed by Sandy still remain housed in hotels thanks to the city’s Hotel Program. This temporary housing, however, is coming to an end next Friday, October 4, according to a city official. The city’s Department of Homeless Services initiated a Hotel Program that provided evacuees with housing in the interim [...]

Glendale rallies against proposed homeless shelter
Glendale rallies against proposed homeless shelter
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/30/2013 at 5:12PM

A senior center, a school, maybe even a park is fine, but residents in Glendale want to shut the door on a proposed homeless shelter. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. led a protest on Friday in front a defunct factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, which nonprofit Samaritan Village plans to transform into transitional housing if its [...]

Glendale community to fight proposed homeless shelter
Glendale community to fight proposed homeless shelter
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/13/2013 at 12:12PM

Not in my backyard. That’s the sentiment of residents, business owners, politicians and civic leaders about a proposed homeless shelter in an empty, rundown Glendale factory. The community is planning to prevent nonprofit Samaritan Village from buying the property at 78-16 Cooper Avenue and transforming it into transitional housing if the Department of Homeless Services [...]

Bill would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough
News Maggie Hayes 8/02/2013 at 9:40AM

Queens shelters may soon be finding new homes. Councilmembers Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie started work in 2011 on a bill that would disperse homeless shelters evenly throughout each borough. Wills said research revealed that Community Board (CB) 12 contains 10 of the 18 shelters in all of Queens. CB 12 includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. [...]

Sandy shuffles LIC vets to Brooklyn
West Alexa Altman 11/14/2012 at 3:11PM

A few days before Veterans Day, a group of homeless veterans were forced to leave their temporary home after damage from Superstorm Sandy deemed the structure uninhabitable. According to a Department of Homeless Services (DHS) spokesperson, 243 veterans were removed from the Borden Avenue facility and dispersed to others following the storm, including one on [...]

Astoria against homeless shelter
News Alexa Altman 2/14/2012 at 10:20AM

The Astoria community is hostile towards a potential hostel that would house the local homeless. Officials and residents banded together against a proposal to turn the Westway Motel – a current impermanent haven for homeless families — into a full-time shelter. In January of 2012, Community Board 1 received notification that a non-profit organization, Housing [...]