In the face of rising rates of homelessness and meager resources to address the crisis, the city continues turning to shady and corrupt landlords to house the homeless.
Councilman Brad Lander and the Coalition for Carroll Gardens will answer questions and provide updates on the controversial proposed homeless shelter at 165 West 9th Street in Carroll Gardens at a meeting tonight, according to an email blast from CCG. As you may recall, nonprofit shelter operator Aguila Inc. has said it intends to open a permanent homeless shelter for 170 men in the location, a Scarano-designed building with 10 apartments and one commercial unit. The building, which exceeds its allowed FAR, has been plagued by problems with the DOB and has sat empty for years, although it now has a C of O.
The Coalition for Carroll Gardens appealed to the courts about the shelter proposal, causing the Department of Buildings to look into supposed violations in the buildings, but now those have been cleared by the DOB, according to the Coalition. The City will hold a public hearing on the proposed contact between the Department of Homeless Services and Aguila Thursday at 10 am at 49-51 Chambers Street in Manhattan, where anyone can come and offer oral or written testimony. The proposed contract is for
six months four and a half years and $29,987,257.
Tonight’s meeting will take place at 7 pm in the lobby of 505 Court Street.
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