Cooper Avenue shelter expected to open in early spring
Jan 08, 2020 | 767 views | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the start of 2020 comes a closer examination of the planned homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

When the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) announced last August it was moving forward with its plan to house 200 men in the former factory site, the agency said it was expected to open in “early 2020.”

Another shelter for 132 homeless families at 16-16 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood is slated for a “late 2020” opening.

According to members of the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition, which is opposing the city’s attempts to open the site, DHS and the nonprofit provider Westhab is expected to open the shelter in the spring.

Rather than filling the shelter all at once, Westhab will house 10 or 20 homeless men at a time until the shelter meets capacity, one coalition member said.

Still, opponents of the Cooper Avenue shelter are hoping their lawsuit will halt the opening of the site.

“We’re just waiting for the Article 78,” said Diana Shanley, who noted that the contract for the shelter hasn’t been signed yet.

Glendale civic leader Kathy Masi said the group’s second legal challenge to the site has been “stonewalled” by the Department of Buildings.

She said the coalition’s lawyer is looking into the matter.

“It makes me think our concerns are legitimate,” she said.
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