Sunday, October 2, 2016
Protest at homeless hotel in Meadowmere today
WHAT: Joint protest of hotel conversion into homeless shelter
WHERE: Holiday Inn at 154-71 Brookville Blvd, Rosedale, NY 11422
WHEN: Sunday, October 2nd, 11am
The Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force will be joining the Meadowmere Park Civic Association on Sunday October 2 at 11am to protest the conversion of a Holiday Inn located at 154-71 Brookville Blvd in the Meadowmere section of Queens, just west of the Nassau County border.
This new hotel, which opened in 2014, is still booking rooms under the Holiday Inn name, but for the past year, the 1st and 2nd floors have been rented out to a social services provider who has contracted with the Department of Homeless Services to place 150 homeless men there. The men are thrown out of the premises at 9am and are not allowed to come back until after 5pm.
They are being forced to exit the building via a “poor door” on the side of the building so they do not come into contact with the paying guests of the hotel. The City Council and de Blasio administration passed a law in 2015 banning “poor doors” in buildings containing both market rate and affordable housing units. Yet the administration’s Department of Homeless Services condones this practice in the hotel shelters that it funds.
With no job assistance offered or public transportation nearby, these men are left with little choice but to wander through this remote residential area. Those with untreated mental illnesses and addictions have been responsible for many disturbances and have become a burden on police manpower.
Maspeth stands in solidarity with the people of Meadowmere who are calling for Solutions, not Shelters.
I gotta laugh at the response to the review. "We appreciate your feedback". Right, but poverty pimpin' is just too lucrative to give up.
By the way, the owner of the hotel is Sam Chang.