As Glendale and Middle Village gathered last week to assess their strategy for stopping plans to build a homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue, word of a second proposed facility in Ridgewood spread.
State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said Providence House, a Brooklyn based non-profit assisting women and children in need, wanted to shelter homeless women and children in the convent of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal.
The legislator said he had not been able to deduce how many people the group intended to house in the 62-81 60th Place building and whether the project was a charitable church initiative or a city-aligned proposal.
“Supposedly there is a proposal to go in there. There’s space in the rectory there and so it would be to address women in need of placement while victims of domestic violence,” Addabbo said. “These sites are anonymous because they do not want the abuser finding out where the victim is.”
Our Lady of Miraculous Medal and Providence House did not respond to requests for comment.
The Archdiocese Diocese of Brooklyn, which oversees Catholic churches in Brooklyn and Queens, said it does not comment on lease agreements, but noted that many churches opt to rent property for programs assisting the homeless.
The city Department of Homeless Services did not respond to inquiries about whether it was involved in the Ridgewood negotiations.
(The Times Newsweekly reported that the women would be ex-cons with children looking to transition back into society, not domestic violence victims. And it's not the rectory, it's the convent. The nuns were shuttled off to St. Pancras.)