GLENDALE – Four years ago, Glendale residents protested the city’s proposal to open a homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue. Community members cited a variety of reasons why it would be a bad idea, including environmental risks, lack of infrastructure and the site’s location in a manufacturing area. Local residents sued, and the plan eventually folded.
Now the city is back again with another attempt. According to Councilman Robert Holden, the city is in negotiations for a proposed men’s homeless shelter at the site of the shuttered Glendale factory. The proposed shelter would bring 200 beds to Glendale.
DHS (Department of Homeless Services) spokesperson Isaac McGinn said there are more DHS clients in Community District 5, which includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood, than there are beds available to shelter them.
Specifically, McGinn said there are 287 individuals from 135 households from the area who are homeless, but only 104 homeless people are sheltered in the district. All of them live in the commercial hotel in Maspeth.