Got a letter from a reader regarding a proposed homeless shelter planned for Greenpoint. Not good news.

Photo by Stefano Giovannini via The Brooklyn Paper


Life long greenpointer here 🙂 Just thought I would let you know of a project planned for Greenpoint that concerns me and that you may want to place on your blog.

A four story, 200 bed homeless shelter, is planned for a building on McGuiness and Clay Street. I remember the days of bums all over Greenpoint and we’ve come a very long way since! There are currently artists and musicians living in the building – they would be evicted should this plan go through. Let the fellow Greenpointers on your blog know! Even if you support it – the plan should be made known to the residents regardless and I figured your blog would be a good way to do it.

Thank you!

I looked into and it appears that this is indeed something being planned.

A 200-bed homeless men’s shelter run by Andrew Cuomo’s sister could be coming to Greenpoint — and residents are alarmed.

The New York-based nonprofit HELP USA, one of the country’s largest builders and operators of transitional and permanent low-income housing, is moving towards building one of the largest shelters in North Brooklyn in a four-story industrial building on McGuiness Boulevard at Clay Street.

I’m definitly AGAINST this. The area where this is proposed is already desolate and just in the infancy of being inhabited by people. Young pretty hipsters and their shiny gadgets will be prime targets for these people. For every one down on their luck person put in a bad situation there are hundreds of criminals and drug addicts in the homeless shelter population. This is a BAD fucking idea.

Let them know what a bad idea it is at the next CB1 Board Meeting.


Combined Public Hearing and Board Meeting
Wednesday 9/15 at 6:30 PM
Swinging 60’s Senior Citizens Center
211 Ainslie Street
(Corner of Manhattan Avenue)

UPDATE 9/1/10: Some additional information in a letter dated August 10th to Community Board 1. It indicates that they are proposing a MEN’S Assessment Center for 200 adults. It does note that there will be “extensive security” but the idea of having 200 homeless MEN in our neighborhood does not sit well with me safety wise.

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