Homeless shelter proposal not sitting well with Williamsbridge residents

Residents are upset over a proposal to build a homeless shelter in their area.

A group of residents gathered outside the proposed site of the homeless shelter Wednesday to voice their concern. Residents opposed to the plan fear that having a shelter in the area would bring with it negative changes. They are also worried about the proposed shelter's proximity to schools in the area.

Homes for the Homeless is the private agency looking to build the center. The organization says the shelter will be a self-contained facility to help women and children get back on their feet.

Right now, the Department of Homeless Services has not approved the plan. Community Board 12 has scheduled a public hearing on the matter on October 23. Residents say they hope officials will be sympathetic to their concerns.

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