City to Bronx Community About a Homeless
Shelter: ‘Not in Your Backyard’
In the perpetual battle against homelessness in New York, the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx was only a bit player, with about 10 beds in its gym. But offering space for even a handful of destitute people meant something to those who benefited from a warm, safe place to sleep, as well as to those who helped provide it.
But this winter, when New York’s homeless population is above 37,000 and shelters are working to increase capacity, the gym now sits empty at night because city officials have ordered the program to close.
The situation stands the traditional not-in-my-backyard fight on its head: Here, the community wanted a homeless shelter, but the city did not, and ordered it shut.
To read more, go to the New York Times at: