Homeless shelter opening postponed amid residential complaints
After petitions and protests from people in the area, the opening of a new homeless shelter in Crown Heights has been postponed, says the Bergen Street Block Association president.
The homeless shelter was expected to open Wednesday, March 22 at 1173 Bergen St. in Crown Heights, and was expected to serve 104 single adult men aged 62 and older.
Protesters, however, fought against the shelter, saying there is an oversaturation of shelter facilities in the community.
Some in the neighborhood also say the additional shelter is dangerous to the safety of the community, though the Department of Homeless Services says there would be no sex offenders allowed in this location.
It is not yet clear when or if the shelter will open.