Over 100 Community Members Attend CB 10

Over 100 People Attend CB 10 HHS Meeting!

Tony Hannigan addressing CB10 HHS and the community
Tony Hannigan, CEO of the proposed shelter operator, addressing CB10 HHS and the community. Courtesy DNA INFO/Dartunorro Clark

We called, and you responded! Over 100 people packed the Community Board 10 Health and Human Services meeting to help oppose the conversion of the James Varick Community Center into the eighth homeless shelter in a three block radius.

Hazel Dukes presiding
Hazel Dukes presiding

What Are Their Plans?

At the meeting,  Tony Hannigan, CEO of CUCS, the proposed shelter operator gave us the following facts:

  • The shelter will serve 66 single men.   This is a 120% INCREASE from their current shelter.
  • All residents will be chronically street homeless. These are the guys with shopping carts, not people who were recently evicted.
  • 100% of the men have mental health problems.  As he put it “You don’t live on the street for years without serious mental issues”
  • Fewer than 50% of the people at the shelter will come from our area.  As their general counsel put it, “they could be from Hawaii”

What Did The Community Think?

Reaction to our arguments that Harlem is oversaturated with homeless shelters was very positive!   Hazel Dukes and Bryan Benjamin (new Chair of CB 10) appeared to support us, and the reminder that CB 10 has passed a moratorium on new shelters drew a loud round of applause.

What’s Next?

  1. Please sign our petition!
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We’re in the Daily News & Keith Wright is Supporting Us!

Real estate developer accused of lying to Harlem church, community to build homeless shelter

Assemblyman Keith Wright, City Councilwoman Inez Dickens and the 32nd Precinct are calling for the city to withhold providing any contracts to Levitan, according to a press release issued by the association.

At a private meeting at his office today, Keith Wright re-iterated his stance that this location is not appropriate for a homeless shelter.

We were covered in Harlem Bespoke

We’ve always liked reading Harlem Bespoke — now we’re featured!


As Ulysses writes

Community Board approval does count in these issues and any increase in attendance will definitely make a difference.  Additional details on the subject matter and date can be found on the Central Harlem Coalition website: LINK

You can learn more about the meeting here:

Should One Neighborhood Shelter all the Homeless?

New York City’s methods of siting homeless shelters are deeply flawed.  How else to explain that most homeless shelters are concentrated in:

  • Brownsville/East New York
  • South Bronx
  • Central Harlem
homeless shelter map
homeless shelter map

This process produces results that are unfair, and that site the shelters in low-income neighborhoods that, presumably, are less politically powerful than their wealthier neighborhoods.  There are no city-run homeless shelters on the Upper East Side, for example.

Read the full report on how NYC sites homeless shelters here:  https://comptroller.nyc.gov/wp-content/uploads/documents/20130509_NYC_ShelterSiteReport_v24_May.pdf


Community Board 10 Shelter Moratorium

In 2010, Community Board 10 recognized that the district has been overwhelmed with the burden of providing homeless shelters to the rest of Manhattan.  The excessive concentration of these shelters creates quality of life concerns that would not occur were these shelters more evenly distributed across Manhattan and the rest of NYC.

Read the moratorium:

Moratorium on Expansion of Central Harlem