2017-03-15 / Front Page

Blas Vows Shelter For Maspeth Neighborhood

By Liz Goff
Mayor Bill deBlasio vowed on March 10 to open a homeless shelter in a Maspeth neighborhood where residents blocked a similar plan last year.

“We are going to go back into that Community Board and find the best location to create a new shelter,” deBlasio said during an appearance on WNYC radio.

The mayor is set on opening shelters in neighborhoods where homeless New Yorkers once lived. DeBlasio said during the radio appearance that 250 people currently housed in homeless shelters throughout the city are originally from Maspeth.

DeBlasio said his administration is looking forward to joining local lawmakers and community leaders who will work productively to find locations for the new homeless shelters. “Either way, that Community Board needs to have shelter capacity,” the mayor said.

DeBlasio’s current plan includes 90 new homeless shelters throughout the city. The mayor has yet to announce where the shelters will be located – and refused to indicate where he plans to locate the new Maspeth shelter.


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