Court-appointed panel urges city officials to overhaul Emergency Assistance Unit
(06/27/04) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE UNIT - For years, homeless families in the Bronx and citywide have complained about the poor conditions at the city's only emergency intake center for homeless families. Now, a court-appointed panel is saying the city needs to make major changes to the Bronx shelter.
The panel says the Emergency Assistance Unit (EAU) should either be abolished or reconfigured to fit the needs of families. Homeless families have complained about consistently cramped, unsafe and filthy conditions at the shelter. One woman tells News 12 The Bronx she worries that even if changes are made to the building itself, the quality of services will still stay the same.
If the facility is replaced, the panel still recommends keeping just one intake facility for homeless families. A homeless services spokesperson says that is because they want to keep all agencies meant to help families in one location.