Residents outraged over new homeless shelter

Many residents in Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant are outraged by Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to open a new homeless shelter in their community.



Community members met to voice their concerns over the mayor's plan for a shelter to house 100 men on Bergen Avenue by March 22.



The shelter is part of the mayor's plan to reduce homelessness in New York City by creating a network of 90 new shelters throughout the five boroughs.



Community members who spoke with News 12 say their neighborhood already has 19 shelters and the last thing they need is one more.



They say they want to see fairness in housing.



A New York City Department of Homeless Services spokesperson told News 12, "To meet immediate capacity needs, in the short term, shelters may be placed in communities that already have a significant number of shelters, but over time, we will be implementing more equitable, borough-based system that better serves all New Yorkers, including our homeless neighbors."


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