No homeless shelter at 44 Victory Blvd.
No homeless shelter at 44 Victory Blvd.
Thank you Mayor De Blasio, Debbi Rose and James Oddo for cleaning up Tompkinsville Park. It is a beautiful park with a lot of potential that many Staten Islanders never use due to rampant drug use and other criminal activity. Unfortunately that success may have been done in vain.
New York Housing Services plans to open a 200 family shelter at 44 Victory Blvd. The North Shore is increasingly saturated with social services that it cannot handle. Project Hospitality, The Rail, 100% senior affordable housing on Bay Street, soon to be 20% affordable housing at Light House Pointe, 20% affordable housing at all future developments along the Bay Street Corridor, NYCHA Projects at both Jersey and Broad Streets, section 8 rentals, Staten Island SNAP center on bay Street, as well as other services and housing that I did not name all serve low income struggling New Yorkers.
If present and future residents do not have the money to pay for housing and basic services how will they be able to frequent and support the small businesses along the Bay Street corridor; bolstering the downtown Staten Island renaissance, and make St. George, Tompkinsville and Stapleton a safe and vibrant place to live?
I assume that because we already have all of these services Mayor De Blasio believes that the area will not be negatively affected by another shelter. Unfortunately the area does not look great. Drugs are openly sold in the Tompkinsville park. Restaurants in Urby and along The Bay Street Corridor are going out of business, shootings are not an uncommon occurrence around Jersey and Broad streets and someone was murdered at URBY last year.
A 200 family shelter in the heart of St. George renaissance is not a good idea. Our community’s resources are stretched thin. The North Shore does not have the adequate infrastructure to serve its current residents. Schools are overcrowded, two hospitals serve a population of 475,00, our police presence was unable to deter an open air drug market in Tompkinsville Park, public transportation around Staten Island is served by one train, with only one direct link by ferry to Manhattan, and we have the longest commuting times in the Nation. Better alternatives for a 200 unit shelter include Christine Quinn’s neighborhood of Chelsea or Mayor De Blasio’s Park Slope. Both neighborhoods offer far better transportation, schools options, and employment opportunities.
Taxpayers subsidize the construction of shelters and affordable housing, as well as the rent of its occupants, which increases market rate housing by shifting costs to those who do not qualify, all the while watching their neighborhoods deteriorate and their real estate taxes going up. Though it may be a token gesture Mayor De Blasio should set an example, forgo his additional rental income and provide housing to homeless New Yorkers at one or both of his two properties in Park Slope. The mayor’s real estate taxes were a mere 7,272 dollars for 2 properties with an estimated worth of 3.2 million dollars, an inequality in tax justice and fairness glaringly hypocritical to Staten Islanders.
I was born in Staten Island, spent many years living in Manhattan, and came back to Staten Island 4 years ago in anticipation of the St. George downtown Staten Island Renaissance. When I first moved back here I was positive and hopeful that area would change for the better. Though with time I am contemplating leaving St. George. My family is tired of seeing all of the drugs, violence, uncleanliness and the overall deterioration of the neighborhood that comes along with ever increasing social services. My question to our elected officials is with inadequate transportation to Manhattan, saturated social services, and no tech sector, why would young professional want to live here?
It is hard to believe that our elected representatives James Oddo and Debbi Rose were unaware of the city’s intention to build a 200 unit shelter at 44 Victory Blvd; your silence has been deafening, and does not inspire confidence or leadership, regardless if you did or did not know about the proposed shelter, you know now, what are you going to do about it?
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Christine Quinn wants to have shelters in our neighborhood but is against them in hers!