Friday, January 22, 2016
Another secret homeless shelter opens in Queens
From the Queens Tribune:
The Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, an Econo Lodge in South Ozone Park, the Verve Hotel in Long Island City, and the Westway Motel in Astoria are among some of the lodging facilities in Queens that have recently been converted to homeless shelters. The Par Central Motor Inn located at 82-85 Parsons Blvd. in Jamaica has also joined this growing list of hotels.
According to the city’s Department of Homeless Services, 33 units in the hotel are currently being used to provide temporary housing for families who need it. The first families moved in last September. The hotel falls under Community Board 8’s area and board members are upset that they were not notified of the DHS’s plan nor were they given a chance to review and comment on it.