Saturday, June 6, 2009
Homeless get posh (temporary) digs in Brooklyn
From Fox 5:
A luxury apartment building in Brooklyn has been converted into a homeless shelter -- and the neighbors are not happy.
In a statement, the city's Dept. of Homeless Services called the shelter in part, "a case of innovation and outside the box thinking that benefits all those involved."
The families moved into the building May 18. Thirty-four families live in the Alice Branch Plaza shelter, which houses 68 units, according to the city.
From the Daily News:
Don't get too comfortable!
That was Mayor Bloomberg's message to dozens of lucky homeless families who scored a posh pad at a luxury condo that has been turned into a homeless shelter in Brooklyn.
"We're not going to let people just sit there. This is a transition thing. We want to move them out," Bloomberg said Friday. "And if they say, 'Oh, I love this here, I don't want to try something else,' I'm sorry, that's not the whole intent here."
And closed homeless shelters in Queens may reopen.