Just a few months after Alex Bolanos moved into his new home in East Elmhurst, the 32-year-old was welcomed by smashed windows on his car.
Motel housing homeless draws wrath of neighbors
The culprits, he later learned from neighbors, were homeless adults - put up by the city at the Westway Motor Inn just a block away - who were wandering the streets at night.
The city Department of Homeless Services pays Westway, at 71-11 Astoria Blvd., on a per-diem basis to handle overflow of families from its homeless shelters.
But locals fear the motel is working to strike a deal with the city to turn the part-time shelter into a full-time facility.
By using uncontracted motels, the agency avoids the land-use review that allows local community boards to weigh in on placement of social service agencies.
Homeless Gone From Westway Motel
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