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Disagreement over a union contract may have led to the demise of a shelter planned for Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Residents and advocates spoke out at a Community Board 2 meeting Tuesday night as the city considers a proposal for a new drop-in shelter.
The announcement comes after calls from advocates and lawmakers to invest in homeless services — and in the midst of a controversial program to kick unsheltered New Yorkers out of their street encampments and destroy their belongings in hopes of driving them to shelters.
The announcement of new beds in safe haven and stabilization shelters comes as the mayor ramps up controversial efforts to remove homeless encampments across the city.
The state appellate court threw out a 2018 lawsuit that had argued the hotel at 158 West 58th Street was too old and unsafe to house a $60.8 million, 150-bed men’s shelter.
Nearly seven years, about 50% of families were deemed eligible; more recently, the number has been 26-27%.
Nearly 300 homeless men currently residing in the Lucerne will be moved to a commercial hotel in the Financial District, which will soon be converted to a traditional shelter.
The city is also moving shelter residents from a hotel in Long Island City.
“They're coughing. They’re not covering their mouths," one resident said.
The 404 deaths are the largest year-over-year increase in a decade.
The rally came two days after four homeless men were found bludgeoned to death in Chinatown.
'Insane, insane that the wait should be longer.'
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