CB5 to host hearing on Cooper Avenue homeless shelter
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Residents will soon have a chance to make their voices heard about the incoming homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

Community Board 5 will host a public hearing on the proposed shelter on Monday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.

The site, which is expected to open in the first half of 2020, will be run by the Yonkers-based nonprofit Westhab. It will house 200 single adults, including many of those who were previously sheltered at the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express.

The city announced it will open another shelter for 132 homeless families at 16-16 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood, which will open in late 2020.

Meanwhile, the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition is preparing to take the city to court over the planned shelters.

Glendale civic leader Kathy Masi said the group has already retained an attorney who plans to file an Article 78 proceeding, which is used to appeal the decision of a local agency.

They are also interviewing for a second attorney for a separate lawsuit, which will allege fraud related to the shelters, Masi said.

“Different city agencies automatically sign off on the shelters without doing their due diligence,” she said. “They’re at the beck and call of the mayor, and the commissioners have to let it all slide.”

For example, building owners often purchase office space that they seek to convert into shelters. They then file plans with the Department of Buildings. Masi alleged that DOB signs off without conducting inspections.

“This is a pattern,” she said.

Masi added that she believes the city will house parolees from Rikers Island in the Glendale shelter.

“The city lies,” she said. “They never tell communities the truth.”
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