243 residents of Maspeth" are in shelters, to "243 residents of Community Board 5" are in shelters. Why the city feels the need to require shelter placement based on made-up political boundaries is a good question. Regardless, the DHS' numbers still don't add up. They say that CB5 doesn't have a shelter and needs to do its fair share, however, another 110-room shelter in CB5 is not necessary at all. Why?
Most of the homeless from CB5 are members of families with children. Each family needs one room. CB5 produced 54 homeless families in 2014. Crunching the numbers it appears that 1 existing location could just about house every homeless family produced by not one, but FOUR community boards in western Queens.
Astoria: 41 families
Long Island City: 29 families
Sunnyside: 1 family
Woodside: 22 families
Corona: 38 families
Elmhurst: 15 families
Maspeth: 7 families
Middle Village: 3 families
Ridgewood/Glendale: 44 families
Total: 201 families
The Pan Am shelter alone holds 200 families
So if all of the homeless families of western Queens could fit in the Pan Am, why do we also need the Metro Motel, the Westway, the Quality Inn, etc? It seems we have too many beds for the homeless families we are told we need to be responsible for.
Moving on to couples:
Once again, the 1 couple from Maspeth and 3 couples from Ridgewood could fit into a 4-family house. The city owns one on Flushing Avenue that it wishes to keep in dilapidated condition instead of putting to productive use. Using the criteria above, the homeless couples without children produced by CB1, CB2, CB4 & CB5 amounts to 30. The city is proposing a 110-room shelter for couples at the Maspeth Holiday Inn which is way more rooms than western Queens needs to house the homeless couples we crank out.
And finally, singles:
34 singles from CB5 doubled up in rooms means that in actuality, only 17 rooms are required in the district. Spread them out across the neighborhoods and that doesn't seem to be a big deal. I suggest using AirBnB to accomplish this (tee hee).
Please do not believe the DHS' dazzling lines of bullshit. They want hardworking taxpayers of Queens to pay for freeloaders from out of town. Let them do what every other municipality seems to be doing - put them on a bus to somewhere else, preferably where they came from in the first place. The burden of sheltering the entire country should not fall on NYC taxpayers because fauxgressives want to perpetuate the dependency culture that keeps them elected for life.