The Jamaica community board is asking the city to stop building homeless shelters in the area.
Ten out of 22 homeless shelters in Queens are located within Community Board 12, which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens, according to the city’s Department of Homeless Services.
“We have more shelters than any community board in Queens county,” said Yvonne Reddick, the board's district manager.
The board recently passed a resolution requesting a moratorium on building or expanding homeless shelters in the area.
“The city’s practice of concentrating excessive numbers of homeless ... populations within Community Board 12, Queens has been pervasive for several years,” the resolution read.
The document also requests that the DHS adopt “a policy regarding the equitable distribution" of homeless shelters among all community districts in Queens.
Local City Councilman Daneek Miller said he supports the resolution and pointed out that some community boards in the borough don’t have any homeless shelters.
Shelter placement should go by the number of people coming from the district in which they are located. If a district isn't producing a large number of homeless people, it shouldn't be burdened with a large number of homeless people.