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COMMUNITY OFFICE

37-32 75TH STREET, 1ST FLOOR

JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY 11372

TEL: (718) 803-6373

FAX: (718) 803-9832

CITY HALL OFFICE

250 BROADWAY, ROOM 1826

NEW YORK, NY 10007

TEL: (212) 788-7066

Email: dromm@council.nyc.gov

June 23, 2014

(212) 788-7066 Email: dromm@council.nyc.gov June 23, 2014 T HE C OUNCIL OF T HE C ITY

THE COUNCIL

OF

THE CITY OF NEW YORK

DANIEL DROMM

COUNCIL MEMBER, 25 TH DISTRICT, QUEENS

Commissioner Gilbert Taylor NYC Department of Homeless Services 33 Beaver Street, 17 th Floor New York, NY 10004

Dear Commissioner Taylor:

CHAIR PERSON

EDUCATION

COMMITTEES

CIVIL RIGHTS

CIVIL SERVICE & LABOR

IMMIGRATION

OVERSIGHT & INVESTIGATIONS

SUB-COMMITTEE

NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS

I am writing to express my extreme concern about the decision of the NYC Department of Homeless Services to use the former Pan Am Hotel, 79-00 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst to temporarily house up to 216 homeless families. Neither elected officials nor community leaders were provided proper notification of this decision. I was notified by fax at the end of a business day, after 36 families had already been placed at the site, and it’s my understanding that number has since grown to 41.

While I understand the City’s obligation to provide transitional housing to those who find themselves homeless, the neighborhood where the hotel is located has a similar facility just a block away. DHS needs to reconsider its policy of adding a large number of families in an area already overburdened with overcrowded schools and a hospital that is among the busiest in the city. I am also concerned about the possibility of having this site being used to house single men which would present a host of other potential problems, as well.

At this time I respectfully request to meet with you in order to discuss DHS’ plans for the residents placed in the building and to ensure that Samaritan Village, the site operator, will provide the proper social services, security and safety measures immediately needed at a site this large.

Please contact my office to arrange a time to meet with me to discuss this important matter.

Sincerely,

time to meet with me to discuss this important matter. Sincerely, Daniel Dromm New York City

Daniel Dromm New York City Council Member, 25th District

cc: Mayor Bill de Blasio Calvin Pitter, Deputy Agency Chief Contracting Officer NYC Department of Homeless Services Tino Hernandez, President & CEO, Samaritan Village Louis Walker, Chairperson, Queens Community Board 4 Christian Cassagnol, District Manager, Queens Community Board 4 Roe Daraio, President, COMET Civic Association Thomas McKenzie, President, Newtown Civic Association Robert Valdes-Clausell, Newtown Civic Association Congress Member Grace Meng Assembly Member Francisco P. Moya Senator Toby Ann Stavisky Queens Borough President Melinda Katz