From the Daily News:
Local leaders in southeastern Queens say they've had enough of the homeless shelters popping up in their neighborhoods.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie and Community Board 12 are lobbying city officials to stop a shelter for homeless families with children from moving into 170-02 93rd Ave. in Jamaica, a 54-unit apartment building.
The shelter, proposed by the Brooklyn-based nonprofit Housing Bridge, has yet to receive final city approval.
"While we want to try to be helpful and open, this location is absolutely the wrong site," Comrie (D-St. Albans) said. "We have too many vulnerable people in the area already.
"It's right down the block from a senior center," he said. "It's right down the block from a single-parent female shelter."
He plans to meet with city Department of Homeless Services officials within the next few weeks to convince them to shelve the proposal, he said.
Yvonne Reddick, district manager of Community Board 12, said the board is opposed to the shelter because the community has reached its saturation point.
The issue came to a head when a Housing Bridge representative gave a presentation about the facility at a June 16 board meeting.
"We have nothing against the homeless," Reddick said. But "we have more shelters than anyone [else] in Queens County."
Out of the borough's 17 homeless shelters, nine are located within her board, she said. And those are only the shelters that she is aware of.