The second homeless shelter in New York City erected during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure will open its doors on Oct. 9 in Long Island City.
The Verve will be located at 40-03 29th St., the former site of The Verve Hotel, and will serve 200 single women. The shelter is opening in response to a 9 percent increase in single adult women coming into the system, according to the mayor’s office. Community Board 1, which includes Long Island City, is home to one other shelter, Westway in East Elmhurst.
The shelter will provide several onsite support services including clinical services for mental health treatment, health and home coordination, supportive housing and employment services. Programs will include money management and independent living skills.
De Blasio’s office held a meeting on Oct. 1 to notify community members about the opening.
“This administration has invested over $1 billion in new funding over four years to address homelessness in New York City, with a focus on preventing homelessness by keeping families and individuals housed, moving individuals from our streets to shelter, and helping New Yorkers move from shelter into permanent housing,” said Ishanee Parikh, City Hall deputy press secretary. “We’re seeing more single adult women entering our shelter system and we want to ensure we can provide shelter and services – including employment services and clinical services – to these women as they rebuild their lives.”
The facility will be supervised around the clock and will have security staff stationed on all six floors, including the courtyard. The front entrance to the shelter is equipped with an X-ray scanner, hand wand scanner and three security personnel. All floors and public spaces are monitored with cameras, and staff at the operations reception desk oversee two large video monitors from inside the front lobby.
There are currently 57,237 individuals in the city’s shelter system, including 12,316 single adults.