Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meeting this week re: CG Homeless Shelter


Below you will find a letter from our Community Board District Manager regarding the Homeless Shelter proposed for 165 West 9th Street, Carroll Gardens. Please note the meeting (public is invited) highlighted.

What:  Homeless Shelter
When:  Wednesday Oct. 24, 2012
Where:  PS 58 auditorium 330 SMith Street (entrance on Carroll Street)


Letter from Craig Hammerman:


After the close of business on October 4th, our district office received a faxed notification from Aguila, Inc./Housing Solutions USA, a Bronx-based social service provider, that they intended to open a facility and shelter for 170 single adult males at 165 West 9th Street between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue in our district.

We posted the letter on our website  and shared this information with our board members, elected officials and the Carroll Gardens neighborhood list server on October 5, 2012.  Since then we have been focused on trying to get as much information as we can about this proposal.  We have also invited representatives of both Housing Solutions USA and the City's Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to attend a public Informational Meeting that will be hosted by our Youth/Human Services/Education Committee at their next regularly scheduled meeting.  Both DHS and Housing Solutions USA have agreed to attend this upcoming meeting, which will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at PS 58's Auditorium, 330 Smith Street (entrance on Carroll Street), Brooklyn.

We are bringing the proposer and oversight agency out to meet with us and the community because, at the moment, it appears that it will be the only opportunity for the community to learn about this proposal in any detail before the facility is opened.  To that end, we welcome the communty to attend this important meeting armed with questions, so we take fullest advantage of this opportunity and extract as much information as we can from our guests.

When we asked Housing Solutions USA for a copy of their formal proposal, they referred us to DHS.  When we asked DHS they said they would consider our request, which we have resubmitted in writing.  Unfortunately, unlike the many items that come before us, at this point we have no formal application or other written material about this proposal to review, share and consider further.

However, through preliminary informal communications with Housing Solutions USA, we have learned certain information concerning their planned operations at this location that we are in a position to share:

o    Residents at the shelter will first be assessed and processed through the DHS city-wide intake facility at Bellevue Hospital.  The placement guidelines for the W9th St. shelter will specify that no mentally ill or chemically addicted ("MICA") clients may be referred to this facility.  If any are sent in error, Housing Solutions will refer them back to DHS."

Best,  Craig

Craig R. Hammerman

District Manager
Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6401

f. 718.624.8410


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........