Protesters rally against Crown Heights homeless shelter
Residents in Crown Heights rallied Saturday against what they say is an unfair burden of homeless shelters in their neighborhood.
According to the Department of Homeless Services, there are 60,000 homeless people living in New York City.
Residents say the city has plans to turn a building on Bergen Street that was once a day care center into a homeless shelter, which would make the building the 20th homeless shelter in Crown Heights.
It is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to lower homelessness by opening 90 new shelters.
Protesters are angry that their neighborhood has more homeless shelters than more affluent neighborhoods like Park Slope.
They say the shelters bring more trash, public urination, loitering and cat-calling.
They tell News 12 that the city is ignoring the real problem, which is a lack of affordable housing.