Flatlands-Flatbush Civic Group, Councilman Jumaane Williams protest homeless shelter

This is the group's third protest against the Women in Need shelter. (5/19/14)

BROOKLYN - Members of the Flatlands-Flatbush Civic Group joined City Councilman Jumaane Williams to protest the construction of a homeless shelter in Flatlands.

It marks the group's third protest against the Women in Need (WIN) shelter. They say they want the developer, Helm Equities, to downsize what is expected to be a 198-unit facility on Glenwood Road.

The group says any structure of that size would overcrowd the residential community and continue to damage homes near the construction.

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Protesters say they want the developer to acknowledge their concerns. Helm Equities has yet to issue a response.

The Department of Homeless Services told News 12 that the community and elected officials were informed of the shelter back in 2010.

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