Brooklyn Homeless Shelter Plans Met With Resist
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Hundreds of Brooklyn residents voiced their concerns Wednesday night over a proposed homeless shelter in their neighborhood.
Carroll Gardens residents attended the community board meeting over the city's plan to open a shelter for 170 men in a building on West 9th Street.
Some say they're worried about overcrowding in and around the shelter as well as a potential influx of homeless men elsewhere in the neighborhood.
"I just want to know if you'd be comfortable enough to put in your backyard and then we can rely on your non-expertise expertise and see how crime rates are and everything else," said one Carroll Gardens resident.
"Any facility that serves homeless individuals that is well run and where people are treated with dignity and respect has proper security and is properly staffed will be a good neighbor in the community,'s aid Aguila Inc. CEO Robert Hess.
The city hopes to open the shelter by the end of the year.
City agencies, the state, and the Coalition for the Homeless will need to sign off on the proposal before it can go forward.