BROOKLYN - East New York residents gathered today to protest the construction of a homeless shelter.

The site, located at 720 Livonia Ave., was once an old school, but now the Department of Homeless Services has proposed to turn it into a nearly 200-bed men's shelter.

The shelter would be the 23rd in the neighborhood, and residents say that it's too much. They say they feel that they have been unfairly targeted and that their neighborhood is oversaturated with shelters.

Councilman Charles Barron says he's trying to introduce new legislation to get the community more involved in choosing locations for shelters.

He's also holding an emergency town hall meeting on Monday, Sept. 23 at P.S. 13 to talk about the homeless shelter proposal. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.