Despite opposition, drop-in center now open
by Maria Thomson
May 16, 2017 | 121 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last August, a rumor was circulated that a homeless shelter was coming to Ozone Park. Then it was confirmed that a drop-in homeless center was proposed for the historical Dallis Bros Coffee building at 100-32 Atlantic Avenue.

This immediately galvanized the residents of Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, Community Board 9 leadership, and our elected officials

There were rallies and good arguments against using this location. They include the fact that it is close to a high school, churches and a mosque, a small shopping strip, and one and two-family homes.

No one was for this drop-in center because the homeless could come and go anytime they wanted to day or night, and there will be men and women staying there for extended lengths of time.

Likewise, our area does not have a homeless problem, so it would attract homeless from other areas. On top of that, the center will costs taxpayers $5 million to open.

In spite of the meetings, protests, rallies and opposition, this drop-in center is now open. We now have to be very vigilant and watch for any problems there, and this location will now be another problem for the 102nd Precinct.

This week is National Law Enforcement Week. Last year we lost 143 peace officers.

On Thursday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m., the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at Forest Parkway Plaza. Please try to attend.

Make sure to fly your American flags above all others, especially for Memorial Day, and wear your lapel pins. You can secure free lapel pins by calling our office.

May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our leaders, may God bless our NYPD and police officers everywhere, and may God bless our America.

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