Crown Heights community gathers for shelter meeting

Crown Heights community members gathered in one resident's home Wednesday night to discuss the homeless shelters coming into their area.



The emergency meeting on Crown Street tackled the proposed shelter on Rogers Avenue.



Residents say there are already 19 shelters in the area and adding another would be disrespectful to the community. They hope to get answers and have their voices heard at a town hall meeting expected to be held April 6.



A Department of Homeless Services spokesperson tells News 12 in a statement: "We are ending the use of 16 sites in this community -- 4 of which have already closed, 10 of which will close by the end of June, and 2 of which will close thereafter -- while opening one new facility, meaning this community will go from having 19 facilities at the start of this year down to 4. This Administration is deeply committed to an open community notification process, including providing at least 30 days' notice and, where possible, making adjustments based on community feedback to ensure our facilities are seamlessly integrated into the community and our clients receive a warm welcome."


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