Friday, January 30, 2009

Crown Height Revitalization Movement: Bedford Armory Coalition

The Crown Heights Revitalization Movement (CHARM) has been keeping Council Member James and Team Tish updated on the progress to halt the Department of Homeless Service's plan to move the Men's Manhattan Intake Center from Manhattan to the Bedford/Atlantic Armory Shelter.

CHARM asserts:

· DHS commissioner Robert Hess stated at a recent City Council hearing that the Department intends to start-up the intake center at Bed/Atlantic in the spring*

· The plan is to have 230 beds in that shelter. 200 for intake and assessment, and 30 beds for a detox unit.*

· It is likely the Peter Young shelter will become a 28-day drug rehab facility.*

Council Member James feels strongly that it is the responsibility of government to care for those in our society that are less fortunate, however she joins CHARM in their concern that the Crown Heights community, and the borough of Brooklyn, hold an unfair share of that responsibility. Multiple homeless advocates, community board 8, and other elected officials have asserted that this move will be detrimental to the Crown Heights community and its ability to serve the homeless population.

Council Member James has held numerous press conferences and other events to raise awareness of this matter, and to inform the administration of the concerns throughout the community. She continues to work with advocacy agencies such as CHARM on this issue. Currently, anyone interested in working with CHARM in regards to this issue should email to join the mailing list.

*Please note that these are not finalized plans.

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