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Crown Heights Residents Protest Against New Homeless Housing

About 70 local residents participated in a Zoom meeting of the Brooklyn Community Board 9 Housing Committee on Monday evening, as locals protest a planned new housing development in Crown Heights which will bring more homeless individuals to the neighborhood. Full Story, Video

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To much homeless shelters
January 10, 2023 5:44 pm

These address are not the only new homeless shelters being proposed in Crown Heights.

There is also
777 Rutland Rd

808 Rutland Rd

832 Rutland Rd

781 Clarkson Ave / 681 Albany Ave

(Google all the different addresses for the plans on each homeless shelter)

Can someone in the community please look into this.

More proposed Shelters by the hospital properly
Reply to  To much homeless shelters
January 10, 2023 11:12 pm

In addition to all these new shelters.

2 more buildings locations of new homeless shelters planned for the hospital property.
“Supportive Housing for the Mentally ill”

545 Schenectady Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203

86 E 49th St
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(near Schenectady Ave)

January 10, 2023 5:45 pm

What would happen if a frum family became homeless? (Has happened many times.) Where do you want them to go?

What about all the families “exiled” from CH because we couldn’t afford the rent?

Now you’re worried about your property values. But you couldn’t care less when our family had nowhere to go.

Studio or one bedroom apartments only
Reply to  NIMBY
January 10, 2023 7:59 pm

The city does not cater for CH COMMUNITY – we have zero affordable housing /lottery housing /shelter for A family of 3+ children.
By building projects for homeless and seniors for more then 1000 units – the city need to balance and build for families first to balance. Unfortunately there is zero for Jewish community

Darn right
Reply to  NIMBY
January 10, 2023 9:19 pm

You are darn right homeowners care about their property value and quality of life. They have worked hard to save and scrape every cent sacrificing a lot to finally buy their own home. Of course they should have a say and voice concerns with such plans that will impact their lives and that of their children. This development isn’t for CH families who can’t afford rent in central CH, take a look at the plans and you will see that. And this asinine idea of the homeless, mentally ill, low income, all living in some kind of symbiotic paradise with… Read more »

Reply to  NIMBY
January 10, 2023 10:53 pm

The homeless shelters proposed are almost all for single homeless men, usually mentally unstable.

Its dangerous for anyone -especially a frum looking person to live in one of these places.

Community resources?
Reply to  NIMBY
January 11, 2023 1:34 am

I was thinking yesterday evening that I wished we had something from within the community that helps families in this situation, but surely we already do, don’t we?

No, we don't
Reply to  Community resources?
January 11, 2023 7:12 pm

When my family became homeless we were forced to move out of CH. Nobody cared then. Nobody raised a hue and cry about the frum Lubavitch families with nowhere to go. Now they’re all screaming about a homeless shelter.

January 10, 2023 5:47 pm

The Jewish & African American Community & residents of this area jointly oppose to these new drug infested crime shelters.

We both want beautiful and safe streets, we need to team up together with our friends and neighbors that own homes on our blocks in south CH and demand no new drug shelters.

On a similar note, I hear our friends in Park Slope would love to have these drug shelters instead, let’s give them the honors, there are many viable locations in park slope.

January 10, 2023 5:50 pm

What are the next steps we can take for this project to get revised with all our concerns taken into account.

Larger units for bigger families
Significant trash on streets and sidewalk
Overloading sewer / power grid Etc

NYC/NYS Dumping criminals here
January 10, 2023 5:56 pm

Is there anyway to prove the increase of crime in the area and connected to the homeless shelter addresses of people that got arrested, due to the shelters we have already, is there some way maybe to get the details from the 71st Precinct or maybe it’s public records??? Keep in mind this is in addition to the crimes that these current shelter people got away with. and all the many times a week the cops refuse to arrest them (so there’s no record) and they get sent to the hospital as a EDP (emotionally disturbed person) simply to get… Read more »

January 10, 2023 5:59 pm

Dear Friends, PLEASE PLEASE take a minute and send an email. Our young couples and grandchildren are buying houses here by the skin of their teeth. Borrowing and then having to heavily renovate. The future of our women and children are at stake. They are trying to sell this project under the terms of , “workforce development, supportive services and all the other feel good words. The reality is 700 MORE homeless coming to town. This is in ADDITION to the shelters being proposed on rutland etc. Those of us in central crown heights we are not protected either. Just… Read more »

Lawsuit time
January 10, 2023 6:01 pm

With all due respect to the non profit homeless provider “Breaking Ground” representative. I was on the Zoom meeting. In a well spoken excuse to claim that the current lawlessness & crime from homeless in south CH is not their fault. “Breaking Ground” representative claimed that “Breaking Ground” does NOT currently manage any homeless shelters in 11203. Total flat out lie, Breaking Ground not for profit organization CURRENTLY manages and runs a crime ridden zombie infested homeless shelter at 781 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203. I know this first hand because my cousin was the victim of a violent crime… Read more »

They combine seniors and homeless in one project
Reply to  Lawsuit time
January 10, 2023 8:03 pm

Sad reality
Why they do not build for rent? For us?

5/6 bedrooms
Reply to  Lawsuit time
January 10, 2023 8:13 pm

Thats more suitable than 3/4 bedroom apartments. Our children deserve not to be squashed in. We deserve better!

Boruch & (Brouria Hoffinger A'H)
January 10, 2023 6:23 pm

There were cases in NYC when poor & ex-criminal minorities moved in & property values declined. Many middle class residents nearby sold their homes.

So many illegal aspects to this project
January 10, 2023 6:33 pm

This entire homeless development project may be illegal. Jay mentioned on this Zoom conference that part of the restrictions to build out on this NY state owned land to put homeless shelters, is legally only allowed if there are No other state land to build on available. When in fact there are multiple other NY state owned land in NYC currently available, including what he mentioned on Rikers Island (a different safe area NY state owned land on the island away from the jail) We need lawyers to do more research on this angle, and have some chevra in the… Read more »

Just 70
January 10, 2023 7:00 pm

Only 70 locals on the Zoom? What a Joke if you want to stop this you”ll need more than that maybe x10

At least 100 atteneded.
Reply to  Just 70
January 10, 2023 10:55 pm

The numbers ranged 70-80 but some came on for short time.

Nobody was told about it
Reply to  Just 70
January 11, 2023 12:13 am

Really, these important meetings have to be publicized much better..

January 10, 2023 7:23 pm

So far not a word form anyone of the CHJCC or any of the other askonim who claim to look out for CH.

Two more shelters
January 10, 2023 8:53 pm

In addition to all these new shelters.

2 more buildings locations of new homeless shelters planned for the hospital property (sorry I mean “Supportive Housing for the Mentally ill” as they like to call it on the legal papers)

545 Schenectady Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203

86 E 49th St
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(near Schenectady Ave)

We Cannot Let This Happen
January 10, 2023 9:15 pm

There seems to be no plan in the proposal to protect the safety and security of those who currently live in the area. Is the 71st precinct prepared? Does the shelter have enough security? The 71st precinct cannot handle this, they have said on multiple occasions that they dont have enough resources. Every human being has the right to a dignified and safe place to live, none more than the other. It is unconscionable to prioritize the needs of homeless individuals ahead of the local residents. Who will be responsible if one of the children in our community get attacked?… Read more »

Reply to  We Cannot Let This Happen
January 10, 2023 10:40 pm

Take serious action ! Get your block involved . Make a shturem , contact mr jay sorid , sue the state ! I do not live in the area but I have grandchildren that do! I am telling them to do the same . Get the email addresses and send the emails. Do not wait for anyone to do anything for you . We know there is no active leadership here.

Out of towner
January 10, 2023 9:15 pm

As an out of towner, I too feel an obligation and desire to support these voices of concern.
Crown Heights is our shechunah and believe that we should all email from afar as well as the local residents.

They have no place in a residential neighborhood
January 10, 2023 9:34 pm

Get rid of ALL the shelters from this community.These are people with serious addictions and mental issues. These shelters do not belong near homes and families much less schools and children. This is a travesty.

They seem to also be sheltering illegals
January 10, 2023 9:40 pm

On Troy ave today I saw 3 dark skinned men in their twenties, speaking another language walking south down Troy. They each were holding a plastic bag with a blanket in it, and carrying identical backpacks with a red stripe on them. Any video on Troy will verify that. Looked exactly like those news clips of what they give them after they bus them here. I will bet you, we are now also the housing grounds for illegal migrants

It’s common sense, sports for our youth
January 10, 2023 10:15 pm

Why can’t NYC build a mega sports & recreational center to benefit all residents of this neighborhood, Both Jewish & Non jewish alike. NYC did this by the Bedford/Union Armory & it’s a beautiful thing in the area and it serves all people. If NYC decided they are already footing the massive bill to develop this land, then let NYC build a mega sports center to BENEFIT ALL residents of this area, instead of a drug shelter which will hurt ALL residents of this area. It’s common sense, and a no brainer. Sports for our youth or homeless shelters for… Read more »

We have the same concerns
January 10, 2023 10:23 pm

Let me put this bluntly. Regarding the residents of Crown Heights and East Flatbush, We have the same safety concerns. The Jewish community, 99% which are law abiding citizens. don’t want this new crime shelter. The black community, 99% which are law abiding citizens. don’t want this new crime shelter. Nobody here wants more crime shelters EXCEPT for the CEO of Breaking Ground (who probably doesn’t even live in NYC) that makes 500k a year from our tax dollars. We need to unite with our neighbors in the black community, and together like we have done many times in the… Read more »

Who can step up and take the lead
January 10, 2023 10:34 pm

You have our backing but we need advice on how to proceed!!

Where do THEY live?
January 10, 2023 11:21 pm

Bet VERY few of the parties involved in this project actually have there primary residence in this immediate vicinity. Imagine, the state rep didn’t even know enough about the area to realize that Clarkson Avenue and Hawthorne Street are just a two,three minute walk from each other. I’m just wondering why our zip codes always get targeted for these kinds of housing “solutions” whereas Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights and other such snotty upper class communities in Brooklyn always find a way to wiggle out of it. Something doesn’t add up.Could it be that at the end of the… Read more »

They DO realize
Reply to  Where do THEY live?
January 11, 2023 4:31 pm

They are doing it anyway. They are focused on Crown Heights.

don't be fooled
January 11, 2023 9:01 am

All the ‘askanim’ that ‘care about the shchuna’ are nowhere to be seen

wake up, smell the coffee

they dont actually care, the shchuna is a cash cow for them

that is all

sad, truth.

January 11, 2023 3:01 pm

Something tells me this is payback for all our Republican votes…. Just saying…

Adam's and Hocul wrecking ball
January 11, 2023 11:00 pm

Mayor Adam’s and Cathy Hochul doing what they do best. Whoever voted for them……this is what you voted for.

Reply to "Reality"
January 11, 2023 11:57 pm

This plan was in the making before most of us voted for Lee Zeldin; they just had the “good” sense to keep it low key lest it encourage more people to vote Republican. there’s no winning in NY politics. If you vote your conscience you lose on both ends – your candidate doesn’t get elected and the winners thumb their noses at you since they know they can’t count on you to keep voting them back into office.