Crown Heights residents laud delay of homeless shelter opening

Members of the Crown Heights community say they are thankful the opening of a new homeless shelter was delayed.



They have been seeking an injunction to halt the opening of the Bergen House Homeless Shelter, to be located on Bergen Street.



They say the neighborhood already has enough shelters and that the city made the decision to open it without consulting with the community.



The shelter will be run by the service provider CORE.



News 12 reached out to the Department of Homeless Services about the delay, and in a statement a spokesperson said: "The city and CORE are opening this facility as soon as possible to give senior men from Brooklyn the opportunity to be closer to the communities they called home in order to stabilize their lives. We are ensuring the building is ready for occupancy and completing final reviews, and expect to open this facility next week."



The Bergen House Homeless Shelter, as it would be called, is one of three new homeless shelters slated to open in the Crown Heights and Prospect Heights area.


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