Williamsbridge residents take shelter protest to steps of City Hall

Residents in Williamsbridge are hoping to put a stop to plans to build a homeless shelter in their area.

On Thursday, residents took to the steps of City Hall to protest Homes for the Homeless' plan to build a second tier shelter for battered woman and children on E. 211th Street.

Residents are not happy with the shelter's close proximity to area schools. They also feel the shelter would have a negative impact on their community.

After protesting, the residents headed over to the Department of Homeless Services in an effort to persuade the department's commissioner to put a stop to the shelter.

So far the commissioner has not approved the plan. A spokesperson for the department says the commissioner plans to meet with Councilman Larry Seabrook (D-Bronx), who is helping the residents, before making a decision.

Seabrook says if after the meeting the commissioner goes ahead and approves the plan, residents will take their fight straight to Mayor Bloomberg.

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