Housing Works Proposes Bowery Homeless Shelter in Chinatown
Chinatown is girding for another homeless shelter.
Esteemed nonprofit Housing Works, under the aegis of the city’s Department of Social Services, now proposes a “drop-in” facility at 231 Grand Street that will “provide medical and behavioral health care, case management, housing placement, and other social services” to area homeless.
The proposal will go before the Human Services subcommittee of Community Board 2 on Thursday.
Some community activists, however, are not happy with these plans. Noting how the neighborhood is overrun with shelters. By latest count, there are already eight such facilities, with Grand Street being number nine. (Similar backlash spawned over conversion of the former hotel at 91 East Broadway into a senior shelter.)
With Sara D. Roosevelt Park a mere two blocks away – with its homeless encampments, spiraling drugs and violence – advocates hope the Grand Street shelter proves helpful.