Saturday, September 24, 2016
Patel's thinking twice about homeless hotels
Avella, along with Grodenchik and Nassau County Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, announced Friday that the owners of the controversial the Quality Inn in Bellerose, targeted for most of the summer to become a shelter, are looking to end their relationship with the homeless agency and scrap plans to house the homeless, effective Jan. 1. This is the second hotel owned by the Patel Group that has promised no longer to serve and house homeless people.
Coincidentally, this is the same hotel that PIX11 News exposed last December. Back then, homeless services was booking rooms for $175 a night — yet PIX11 was able to book them on their corporate site for significantly less.
Homeless services leadership has not responded to numerous requests for comment during the past month.
Patel has 2 hotels on Jericho Turnpike that he converted into shelters. A protest today will visit two of them.