Jamaica Hills resident Donna Thompson told Community Board 8 last Wednesday about a “gang of homeless men that have taken over my neighborhood.”
Thompson, who lives near the Grand Central Parkway service roads’ intersections with Parsons Boulevard, says that one of the men approaches her regularly.
“I shouldn’t have to get off the bus and be afraid to go into my home or walk two blocks around just to get to my home,” she said.
The Jamaica Hills resident said that the homeless men leave “bottles of feces” on her neighbor’s yard and “leave their carts on other people’s yards.” She added that the men panhandle and “leave trash all throughout the neighborhood.”
She added that she lives with her 82-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia.
At the same CB 8 meeting, NYPD Assistant Chief David Barrere, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South, addressed the board. He spoke with Thompson privately at the meeting.
The Jamaica Hills resident told the Chronicle that a few days later last weekend, a sergeant working under Barrere called her about the situation. As a result, a police car went to the area last weekend, according to Thompson. She added that the NYPD has since told her that the department is “working on it.”
Thompson said in an interview that while she is glad the police have responded, a different kind of solution is necessary to solve the problem in the long term.
“If they want to panhandle, they should have to do it 500 feet away from someone’s house,” she said.