Glendale homeless shelter committee formed at CB5
by Andrew Shilling
Jan 15, 2014 | 2276 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
78-16 Cooper Ave.
78-16 Cooper Ave.
With the possibility of a 125-family transitional housing facility opening at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale, nearby residents have flooded Community Board 5 meetings, rallied on site with local politicians, and repeatedly lit up the Glendale Civic Association Facebook page in opposition to the proposal.

Following its monthly meeting last week, Community Board 5 announced a special committee to further review the proposal.

“We’re looking at it from a technical standpoint, financial and environmental,” said CB5 chair Vincent Arcuri.

In a release , the board said the special committee consisting of members of numerous subcommittees will “analyze the Samaritan Village proposal for this site based on suitability of the site, cost effectiveness of the proposal, its effect on transportation and public transit services, public safety and local health care services.”

“When I look at it quick, based on my own analysis, it is 2.5 times what it costs for section 8 housing and more than twice the cost than if you were to subsidize someone’s mortgage,” Arcuri said. “Instead of going into shelter, you could spend half as much paying their mortgage.”

In addition, a number of elected officials also sent a letter to the de Blasio administration and new DHS commissioner Gilbert Tayler, to “express their strong reservations” for the proposal.

The letter was signed by Congresswoman Grace Meng, assemblymen Andrew Hevesi and Mike Miller, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

In addition to noting traffic patterns and the lengthy distance to the nearest subway station, the letter also argues the “ill-conceived” commitment to spending taxpayer dollars for the project does not touch on the often argued environmental inconsistencies at the property.

Just two residents spoke in opposition to the plan at the January CB5 meeting.

Glendale resident Barbara Peluso said she hopes to organize a protest at City Hall, however she noted that she has received little feedback from local politicians following recent outreach.

“I’ve contacted some elected officials and it seems as though they do not want to be involved in this protest,” Peluso said.

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