QUEENS, N.Y. - Things got heated Monday night at a public hearing about the city's plans to open a new homeless shelter in Queens.
Glendale residents packed the auditorium at Christ the King High School for the hearing.
The Department of Homeless Services plans to open the 200-bed shelter for men on the site of an old manufacturing plant on Cooper Avenue.
But people who live near the site say the shelter will put the community's safety at risk.
"Not to 200 single mens. Who is going to protect me? The question is, because they're going to have protection. Who is going to protect me? I'm right now going home, and I'm going to think twice before I'm going to go for a walk," said one meeting attendee.
"There are many many schools, young children, it's going to hurt businesses in the end. People are going to be afraid to walk out," said another attendee.
The city expects to open the shelter during the first half of next year.