People living and working in Chelsea are raging against a months-old homeless facility on West 25th Street, which they say is filled with "mentally ill derelicts" who "masturbate and defecate in the street" right after they "aggressively harass women."

The Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) Jack Ryan Residence at 127 West 25th Street has been a source of neighborhood contention since its inception last summer. Now that it's up and running, the complaints are rolling in: "You leave at night, you’re alone, and these people are walking up and down. [They] are intimidating. They walk like they’re stoned. They look like zombies,” one 79-year-old West 25th Street store owner told the Post, adding that shelter residents come into her shop looking for "crack pipes and knifes." “I hate it,” another business owner told Chelsea Now last week. “People are hanging out all over, drugged up and disgusting, and you can’t even get by...Whoever’s idea it was to build this doesn’t live in Chelsea. There are million dollar apartments here, and people are hanging out all over the street.” Another neighbor told the Post she sees residents pooping and masturbating on the street in plain view.

When the shelter opened in August, BRC executive director Muzzy Rosenblatt said, “The Jack Ryan Residence will provide temporary shelter and supportive services to homeless men living with mental illness, making it possible for them to achieve stability in health and housing,” and promised thorough security measures at the shelter. He emailed a statement today to the Post regarding the neighbor's complaints, saying “BRC and many of our neighbors do not share this characterization. BRC is in close communication with our neighbors, and has and will continue to respond to the thoughtful concerns they raise.”