SCA officials have confirmed that they are considering the site, though it is not yet a done deal.
A school would make sense in Glendale, considering that School District 24 is one of the most overcrowded in the entire city. A new school, with plenty of land on site for school buses, would help alleviate the growing demand for classroom space.
Meanwhile, local civic leaders are pushing through with Plan B. On Sunday, more than 100 people attended a protest organized by the Glendale Middle Village Civic Coalition.
They took two buses to Brooklyn, where they protested in front of the home of David Levitan, a man whom even Steven Banks from the Department of Homeless Services considers “the creator of the homeless shelter industry,” said civic leader Mike Papa.
They were met by some resistance from Levitan’s neighbors. Papa said they were “angrily confronted” by an unidentified man, who said he’s a local community board member.
“He exclaimed, ‘You’re getting that shelter in Glendale, whether you like it or not,’” Papa said. “And he added, ‘You people will never get another permit to protest in this neighborhood.’”
Protesters vowed to return for future protests.
Papa hypothesized that the men coming to the proposed shelter are “straight out of the prison system,” a practice that is out of their control. Instead, protesters are pointing the finger at those who profit from the industry.
“Residents in New York are not going to stand by and allow this greedy group of people to jeopardize the hardworking, taxpaying and voting communities of this city’s safety or quality of life while exploiting hopelessness of homelessness for their financial gain.”