Some Mott Haven residents, city leaders protest proposed homeless shelter

Some Mott Haven residents and city leaders protested a proposed homeless shelter in their neighborhood Wednesday.

The protesters gathered outside the old factory building on Wales Avenue that will be converted into the shelter. Residents against the shelter say Mott Haven already has nine shelters. Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo agree with residents that the area needs more affordable housing instead of another shelter.

Residents also argue that homeless shelters can be a drain on the community because they require extra attention from police. Some residents say they are mainly concerned about the facility?s effect on children in the area.

Some activists say they are considering a lawsuit against the city if the Department of Homeless Services doesn?t change its plans.

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