|Queens Chronicle/Cristina Schreil|
Struggling with a spike in the number of homeless coming into the city’s shelter system, Mayor de Blasio will open a new shelter in Queens on Monday to house struggling families.
The city’s first new shelter this year, at the site of the former Clarion Hotel in Elmhurst, will include 169 units and attempt to meet a 20% surge in demand.
In 2014, de Blasio opened a whopping 23 shelters, including 20 for families with kids. But summer brings high demand, and last week about 57,000 people a night were packed into shelters, creating a need for more space.
That is slightly down from the high in December 2014, when around 59,000 people were staying in shelters.
- If there are 2,000 less people staying in shelters, why do we need to open more of them?
- Why did DHS tell the Queens Chronicle in June that they had no plans to open a shelter at this location if they did?