2017-09-06 / Features

Phase-Out Plan For Holiday Inn Express Outlined


Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya and Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Steven Banks announced that the Holiday Inn Express on Horace Harding Expressway is being completely phased out in its partial use as a homeless shelter by 2019. Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya and Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Steven Banks announced that the Holiday Inn Express on Horace Harding Expressway is being completely phased out in its partial use as a homeless shelter by 2019. Assemblyman Francisco P. Moya and Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Steven Banks announced on August 29 that the Holiday Inn Express on Horace Harding Expressway is being completely phased out as a location providing shelter to homeless New Yorkers by 2019, reducing commercial hotel usage in the Council District by 50%. Out of 61 total shelter facilities in Queens, more than half (35) are commercial hotel facilities. As part of the mayor’s plan for addressing homelessness, the city has committed to completely ending the use of all 360 cluster and hotel sites citywide, including all 35 commercial hotel facilities in Queens, which include the more than 100 commercial hotel rooms currently in use in this community.

“I’m proud to join Commissioner Banks in announcing that, by 2019, the city will end its use of the Holiday Inn on Horace Harding as a shelter facility. New York City has a moral and legal obligation to provide shelter to those who’ve fallen on hard economic times, victims of domestic abuse and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the affordability gap for renters has widened and we’re seeing more individuals struggle to maintain stable housing. Although the city has used hotels as a temporary stop-gap solution, homeless New Yorkers deserve more suitable housing while they transition back into a home of their own. I commend DSS and the mayor for their strong commitment to phasing out hotel shelters and cluster sites,” said Assemblyman Moya.

“As we work to turn the tide on homelessness, we are phasing out every single cluster site and commercial hotel facility across the five boroughs, including all remaining 35 commercial hotel facilities in Queens. Ending use of this location by 2019 is an important step towards that goal,” said Department of Social Services Commissioner Banks. “We are proud to partner with fundamentally compassionate New Yorkers citywide to raise the standards for our homeless neighbors across the board, ensuring they have access to high quality facilities and providing the supports necessary to restabilize their lives within the communities they last called home.”

As the city ends use of ineffective stopgap measures and phases out all 360 cluster sites and commercial hotel facilities, which have built up in a haphazard way over many years, the NYC Department of Homeless Services is increasing high quality traditional shelter capacity citywide, reducing the number of DHS facilities by 45% across New York City, while providing the flexibility needed to implement a more equitable and effective borough-based system that offers homeless New Yorkers the opportunity to be sheltered in their home boroughs, closer to their support networks, like schools, family, healthcare, houses of worship, and communities they called home as they stabilize their lives.

“Addressing the homelessness crisis is a moral imperative for our city,” said Representative Joe Crowley. “We need to do right by our most vulnerable New Yorkers by ensuring they are placed in adequate spaces that meet their families’ day-to-day needs, kept within their communities, and given the best opportunities to get back on their feet. I applaud the phasing out of cluster and commercial hotels as shelters and I’m encouraged by the efforts of the Department of Homeless Services to implement a more effective system that gives homeless New Yorkers the best shot at pulling themselves up.”

“Housing shelter is a human right that our city must do everything to guarantee. Today’s announcement is a welcomed step forward to sunset the use of hotels to house our homeless population,” said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. “Hotels are not homes, and we can do better for these families. I applaud the mayor’s commitment to completely ending the use of all 360 cluster and hotel sites citywide, including all 35 commercial hotel facilities in Queens, and get these families into more permanent housing.

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