Hotel Chandler homeless shelter
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NYC Department of Homeless Services recently announced plans to convert the Hotel Chandler (at 12 East 31st Street NYC 10016, between Madison and Fifth) to a permanent homeless shelter with 170 units housing at least 340 homeless adults.
Our neighborhood is already disproportionately housing the homeless in 8 hotels as well as the Bellevue Men's Shelter at 400 East 30th Street and First Avenue which has over 800 beds and Mainchance, a drop in shelter at 120 East 32nd Street between Park and Lexington.
We are sympathetic to the plight of those who find themselves homeless, but it is clear that our small neighborhood is becoming inundated with homeless services. We want New York City's Department of Homeless Services to reconsider its decision to convert Hotel Chandler to a permanent homeless shelter awarding a 5 year contract to Services for the Underserved.
At the very least, DHS should agree to removed 170 hotel rooms now housed in our neighborhood in exchange for opening the Hotel Chandler facility.
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