Petitioning NY City Councilwoman Inez Dickens (NY City Councilwoman) and 1 other

STOP the conversion of the James Varick Community Center to a Shelter/Safe Haven.

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In 1989, The Fair Share Criteria was created and approved as part of the New York City Charter to "further the fair distribution of the burdens and benefits associated with City facilities...".

City facilities include, but is not limited to, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities, Homeless and Supportive Shelters, Methadone Clinics, Mental Health Intervention Facilities.  

The Central Harlem Community has suffered the negative social and economic impact associated with drug and alcohol abuse and acknowledges the need for such substance abuse treatment facilities.

However, service providers have not been accountable to the Harlem Community for the impacts of these facilities or the results of services and treatments on clients.

The Community has publicly and repeatedly voiced our concern regarding the over-saturation of such facilities located in Central Harlem where we currently house the largest Methadone Treatment Facility in the City of New York as well as no less than 13 separate and distinct Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Service Centers.

We, the residents of Harlem, support the concept of 'Fair Share' regarding such facilities be they City, State, Federal, or private. However, The Harlem Community has borne the weight of more than its "fair share".

Manhattan Community Board 10, the voice of Central Harlem, is on the record as early as 2008 by way of a Resolution calling for a Moratorium on New/Additional or Expansion of Existing City, State, Federal, or Private Special Interest Facilities in Central Harlem.

We, the residents of Harlem, seek to preserve, stabilize, and enhance the existing residential fabric and ensure that neither new construction nor new property uses undermine residential cohesiveness or retail continuity.

As a result, we must oppose and petition against the creation, location, re-location or any new Homeless Shelter/Safe Haven/Supportive Services Facility in the space formerly home to the James Varick Community Center at 151-155 W 136th Street.

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This petition will be delivered to:
  • NY City Councilwoman
    Inez Dickens (NY City Councilwoman)
  • State Representative
    Keith Wright

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