Last month, dozens of residents and officials from College Point rallied against a proposed shelter on 20th Avenue. But the proposal is now closer to reality.
Councilman Paul Vallone confirmed in a statement that the site at 127-03 20th Avenue has been approved for use as a homeless shelter as early as September 2019.
“David Levitan’s greed sold out all of College Point for profit over the needs of our entire community,” he said, referring to the owner of the site. “This is a site that was deliberately purchased and converted for use as a homeless shelter.”
“A despicable act by one owner who has no regard for the communities he infiltrated,” he added. “We will continue to fight and stand with College Point.”
Local civic groups are also opposing the location. We Love Whitestone, which represents the adjacent neighborhood, noted that the shelter will be near several schools, including an all-girl school.
The area also has minimal access to public transportation, so the residents will have a hard time getting the services they need.
“This may be College Point, but it’s our community, it’s our neighbors,” the group wrote in a recent newsletter. “It affects all of us.”
College Point and Whitestone residents are planning another protest, this time on Sunday December 2 at noon in front of the site.
“Only we can stop this,” they wrote, “and it is going to take all of us.”