Williamsbridge residents speak out about possible homeless shelter

The community of Williamsbridge is at odds over an abandoned building on East 211th Street. Homes for the Homeless wants to put a shelter there, but dozens turned out at a meeting Thursday night saying not in by backyard.

Insisting their schools and daycares are over crowded, and worried their property value may decrease, one by one residents fired questions at a Department of Homeless services panel.

Now just an abandoned building, Homes for the Homeless would like to build a second tier shelter, with 88 studio apartments for battered woman and children, completely self-dependent and secluded.

Homes for the Homeless introduced the site to the city and with homelessness on the rise, homeless services says they're desperate.

The Department of Homeless Services insists the shelter is only in the proposal stage and they haven't made a decision yet. Community members are hoping Thursday night's dialog will deter the shelter from being built in Williamsbridge. But if it hasn't, they say the fight is far from over.

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