"I asked where these "homeless" couples are living now and was told they are in shelters around the city. The representative from Intergovernmental Affairs [Lincoln Restler] alleged that many of these couples formerly lived in addresses within Community Board 5 (Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale, Woodside)."Now if they're already sheltered, why do they need a different shelter?
Facebook also provided the following stats from a FOIL of DHS records done in 2014:
60-90 Flushing Avenue in Maspeth has been vacant for years. It's owned by the City of New York. If it were fixed up, all of CB5's homeless could be housed. But the city would rather leave it in this condition and shovel money to millionaire hotel developers while citing the "fairness" doctrine, which to a neoliberal means to take decent neighborhoods and knock them down a peg while gentrifying poor areas to benefit the 1%.