The former Pan Am Hotel, which opened June 5 as an emergency shelter for families, and the Westway in East Elmhurst, which opened July 9 as an overnight shelter, are now beginning the process to transition into permanent shelters, according to the Department of Homeless Services.
Since its opening, the Westway has become a space for families and is expected to become a permanent residence for more than 100 families, officials said.
By law, the city can operate an emergency shelter for six months before making the facility permanent, according to an official.
Under the transition process, which begins after the six-month deadline, the city must seek a long-term contract for the shelter and also schedule public hearings, which will be posted in the City Record, an official said.
DHS will also provide advance written notice of the hearing to each borough president, as well as the City Council and the comptroller, they said.
The draft of the proposal will also be available at DHS's Manhattan offices for the public to view, an official said.
It's not clear the exact type of work that will need to be done to the Pan Am, but all family shelters are required to have a separate kitchen for each room, according to an official.
The rooms at the former hotel currently lack that and residents have eaten in a communal ground-floor area since June, according to a source.