• Petitioned Bill de Blasio

This petition was delivered to:

Public Advocate
Bill de Blasio
Mayor's Office, deputy Mayor
Iinda Gibbs
Brad Lander
Borough President
Marty Markowitz
Commissioner - Department of Homeless Services
Seth Diamond

Dear Elected Official: Allow local input for a homeless shelter

    1. victoria malkin
    2. Petition by

      victoria malkin

      New York, NY

Community input and due process are part of the building blocks of our local democracies. The redesignation of buildings without any community input in a neighborhood full of concerned residents, families and local businesses seems to negate their role in community development and is a top down power move that negates the vibrancy and importance of local residents.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. CCGBrooklyn is pursuing legal action. Stay Tuned

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      As some of you know. Neighbors are coming together through CCGBrooklyn to continue addressing these issues. Please sign up for the newsalerts at CCGBrooklyn.com and learn how to get involved. CCGBrooklyn will be pursuing legal and political action to pressure the DHS and make sure our concerns are taken seriously. Please sign up for the newletter and get involved .

    3. And the owner of the building is....

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer
      Hidden in a Carroll Gardens shelter project, an owner with 'terror' on his resume | Capital New York

      Documents on file with the city show that the building slated to house a 170-bed homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens was constructed-and may still be owned-by a convicted felon whose crimes involved abusing the poor for personal gain. As I reported last week, the building is held in the name of a private corporation, Tunnel Condos LLC.

    4. New Reporting on the insider deals and poor oversight at the DHS

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer
      The controversial landlord behind a mystery-shrouded Carroll Gardens shelter project | Capital New York

      On Oct. 18, The New York Times weighed in on the escalating battle over a proposed homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens, highlighting fears that the facility for 170 men would "set the now-thriving neighborhood back to its ragged and treacherous days."

    5. It gets worse...

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the Facebook page - we posted all the articles about these big bus warehouse shelters popping up around the city by this group of cronies. It's not good, no management, no planning and no one at city hall is listening.. www.CCGBrooklyn.com.

      Letter from Elected Officials regarding the 95th Street Shelter 10.17.12 - CCG

      Same outfit installed a homeless shelter under same circumstances in Manhattan. Yesterday, their elected representatives had some follow up. (PDF Download) October 17, 2012 Seth Diamond Commissioner NYC Department of Homeless Services 33 Beaver Street, 17th Floor New York, NY 10004 Dear Commissioner Diamond: We are writing to you today, once again, about the shelter that the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) has begun operating at 316 and 330 West 95th Street.

    6. Cronyism at City Hall

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      What does it say when you take the biggest building in a neighborhood, turn it into a shelter for 170 people with no community imput under an emergency dictate, give it to an organization "Homeless Solutions" that is just over one year old to manage, where the owner of the building is on the board and the organization is run by the former DHS Housing commissioner. Whose interests do they have at heart?

      From the article in Capital New York below

      "D.H.S. prepares to award a no-bid contract worth millions of dollars to the agency's recently departed commissioner, who appears, in turn, to be renting the building that will house the shelter from one of his newly established nonprofit's own board members."

    7. Lander, Squadron, Millman and Markowitz reach out to Seth Diamond.

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      Read their concerns and their letter here. Will Seth Diamond respond? He has till Friday. Will he come to the meeting on wednesday? The emergency dictate seems to mean he can do what he wants. Why will he backtrack now. millions of dollars in city contracts to the previous commissioner. Why listen to the residents or the elected officials. What's in a letter?


      Electeds' Letter to DHS Re 165 W 9th St.docx

      October 16, 2012 Mr. Seth Diamond Commissioner NYC Department of Homeless Services 33 Beaver Street, 17th Floor New York, NY 10004 Dear Commissioner Diamond: We are writing in response to the community notification received by Brooklyn Community Board 6 on Friday October 5, 2012, in which Housing Solutions USA in partnership with the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) announced their intention to open a 170-bed homeless shelter at 165 West 9 Street, between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue, in Carroll Gardens.

    8. CCGBrooklyn.com - read the latest on the protests

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      And here is the link for things you can do! People to call, reports to make. Keep checking back for updates. But most important, go to the meeting on weds the 24th. Show the bloomberg cronies they can't just decree what they want where they want.


    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Seth Diamond and Linda Gibbs. What do you think?

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      So this morning we faxed over the petition (it was at 350) to Seth Diamond (DHS) and Linda Gibbs at the Mayor's office. We also faxed Bill De Blasio and Christine Quinn. We'll keep faxing it as it grows. Keep circulating, and fax your own letter as well to the officials. Protest the lack of democracy and middle of the night power moves from officials and technocrats who run away after the fact.

    11. Stay connected on Facebook

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      We started a facebook page. search for : CCGbrooklyn

      Coalition for Carrol Gardens. Please like it and post your updates there

    12. Keep phoning those who made this decision..

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      After talking to Millman's office, Lander;s Office and Squadron's office all say they were unaware and are requesting for city input. This emergency dictate however is issued through the Department of Homeless Services and the Mayor's office. Let your voice be heard, phone LInda Gibbs at the Mayor's office and Seth Diamond, Commissioner for Homelessness. The phone and fax number is below. Thanks! Once we are at 500 I will fax this petition over to them both.

    13. Read how deals are made in our city! The community doesn't matter

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer
      A new Carroll Gardens homeless shelter built on old relationships | Capital New York

      A year ago, after the loss of state funding, the Bloomberg administration ended its signature initiative to combat homelessness, a rent subsidy program called Advantage. The policy change has been predictably devastating to the people who relied on the program, and who have since crowded into an already overburdened shelter system.

    14. Illegal building without a permit at 165 - complain to the DOB

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      They have been working all weekend on the property. There's no DOB permit. Everyone phone 311 to report this, it obliges the DOB to investigate. We need to let our voice be heard.

    15. Reached 250 signatures
    16. Phone and Fax number to let your voice be heard

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      PLease make sure that you phone and fax officials who are ignoring this issue and allowing these emergency contracts to subvert the democratic process. Phone them today and tomorrow. here are some numbers

      Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor, In charge of Social Services
      (212) 788-3000
      FAX (212) 312-0700

      Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate,
      (212) 669-7250
      Fax: (212) 669-4701
      Twitter Account @deBlasioNYC
      (if you have a twitter account, tweet him about this!)

      Christine Quinn, Speaker
      Legislative Office Phone, (212) 788-7210

      Legislative Office Fax, (212) 788-7207
      Marty Markowitz, 718 802 3700

      Seth Diamond, Commissioner of Homeless Services
      Office of the Commissioner
      33 Beaver Street, 17th Floor
      New York, NY 10004
      tel 212-361-8000
      Press Office: (212) 788-3000
      FAX (212) 312 0700

    17. Poster Available

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      A great poster by neighbor and designer Jeff Anzulewicz available to download at


      Spread the word and the image! Thanks, Victoria

    18. Reached 200 signatures
    19. New York 1

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all, So New York One Just did a story on this today. Apparently it will air this evening. Let's hope we get fair and balanced coverage!

    20. New York 1

      victoria malkin
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all, So New York One Just did a story on this today. Apparently it will air this evening. Let's hope we get fair and balanced coverage!

    21. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • john rafaat NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      to help

    • Tom Stephens ASTORIA, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Planting hundreds of vagrant men in this neighborhood will be a disaster. Shame on the Bloomberg and the DHS for pushing this through with no deference to the community.

      • 9 months ago

      the new homeless can be our relatives! we need to develop Community Land Trusts that secure needed housing! models in Burlington Vt. & Dudley ma.

    • Jackie lenox BROOKLYN, NY
      • 9 months ago

      i live around the block! This is NOT the place for this! And Alan Lapes is a dirtbag.

      • 9 months ago



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