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Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« on: July 26, 2020, 06:48:11 PM »
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2020/07/25/city-struggles-to-rein-in-homeless-encampments-in-queens

Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing, and Local Businesses Are Hurting Because of It
By Alyssa Paolicelli Queens
PUBLISHED 7:10 PM ET Jul. 25, 2020 UPDATED 2:35 PM ET Jul. 26, 2020

Since April, Whitney Avenue, alongside a shopping center in Elmhurst, Queens, has become home for a group of people experiencing homelessness.
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Local residents and business owners say a homeless encampment has been set up on Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst, Queens, since April

For months, the community has filed 311 complaints and alerted the city, but say no action has been taken

Mayor de Blasio vowed to do "whatever it takes" to break up homeless encampments around the city

The side street where many businesses receive deliveries and customers park has now turned into a makeshift shelter.“Originally, they had around 15 to 20 people, now they expanded to 60, 70 people,” said Andy Chen, the owner of Home & Home Pharmacy, a local business.
Chen, along with many neighbors, tell NY1 they have been reporting this encampment to the city for months and nothing has been done.
He said business is tough enough because of the pandemic, and they don’t need anything else driving customers away.
“I understand it is a difficult time for everybody else, but look at us as residents and business owners. Here, at the end of the day, we are the ones suffering,"said Chen.
Earlier in the week, the mayor promised the city would do “whatever it takes” to break up such encampments, but Elmhurst business owners said they have seen none of that enforcement.
“We cannot do anything. We call and nobody can help us. We want to survive. Right now, not too much business. That is why we need the help," said Yokehong Ooi, the manager at Pulau Pinang, a local restaurant.
One employee said a local nonprofit has been coming three times a day and providing water and food for the unsheltered individuals, and even dropped off tents to provide shade and covering during rain.
“There are toilets in the back. They don’t want to leave. There is more and more coming,” added Phuiman Lo, a waitress at Pulau Pinang.
They say they've been fined because of the unintended consequences of the encampment.
“We have gotten tickets because it is too dirty. But it is not our fault. We have garbagemen come everyday, but it is them who throw the garbage to us in the back and we get tickets for them," said Lo.
The Department of Homeless Services said when a condition on the street needs to be addressed their office acts as quickly as they can.
The department stressed that it engages and works to build trust with the unsheltered individuals and offers them services, but added that results take time and do not happen overnight.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2020, 08:34:00 AM »
Also around the BQE at the 65th St subway station...

There's a homeless encampment and trash is everywhere.

Actually, talking about trash, our resident bagman has annexed a bench outside Food Dynasty and filled it sky high with garbage...

Apparently, he has an apartment somewhere in the neighborhood...perhaps he could be persuaded  to keep his trash treasure there? Tho I pity his neighbors.

This is all definitely a health hazard.


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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2020, 05:37:41 PM »
The BQE underpass on 35th avenue is filled with garbage.  You can't even walk through without stepping on garbage.  Also mattresses along with other items block the pathway.



Also around the BQE at the 65th St subway station...

There's a homeless encampment and trash is everywhere.

Actually, talking about trash, our resident bagman has annexed a bench outside Food Dynasty and filled it sky high with garbage...

Apparently, he has an apartment somewhere in the neighborhood...perhaps he could be persuaded  to keep his trash treasure there? Tho I pity his neighbors.

This is all definitely a health hazard.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2020, 06:17:38 PM »
To deal with these issues...is it 311 you should call?

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2020, 07:01:27 PM »
To deal with these issues...is it 311 you should call?

I called 311 to report the encampment under the BQE and the area around 65th street.  When I told the guy the location he said someone called last week and reported this.  I have my reference number and will wait for an email update.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 10:56:42 AM »
Funny how everyone's first thought is "how can I get rid of this?" instead of "how can I help these people?"

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2020, 11:15:07 AM »
Funny how everyone's first thought is "how can I get rid of this?" instead of "how can I help these people?"

thank you. righteous privilege is an ugly thing. but the inevitable denials and deflections are always comedy gold.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2020, 10:51:33 PM »
I don’t know if this has been mentioned on this board yet, but I saw it posted in another forum and thought it might be helpful to post it here.

There’s a bill before the City Council, Intro 1927, that's intended to reduce the spread of COVID among homeless New Yorkers and frontline social service and security workers. Rather than leave people in dangerous congregate shelters or move people into shared hotel spaces - typically occupied by strangers and which do not allow for protection from transmission - the bill requires the Department of Social Services to offer an individual room and bathroom to those in crowded, congregate shelters. Many people are not in shelters currently because they're afraid of contracting COVID in overcrowded shelters The bill also strengthens support for those living unsheltered on our streets and subways.

Neither Danny Dromm or Francisco Moya has co-sponsored the legislation or indicated that they support it. If you’re concerned about the lack of safe spaces for our unsheltered community members, you can give their offices a call and let them know that you support this legislation and would encourage them to support it, too.

Danny Dromm
dromm@council.nyc.gov
718-803-6373

Francisco Moya
fmoya@council.nyc.gov
718-651-1917

The bill itself is here: https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4424152&GUID=A763B8C0-DC29-415A-9FC0-A28335F20B20&Options=&Search=

With more info here: https://www.1927saveslives.org/

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 11:11:21 AM »
This problem is way bigger than anything I can even imagine how to solve. Congregating in shelters. Congregating outside. All COVID dangerous.

Maybe the city should give each homeless person $20,000? And some soap and clothes and a job?

I would vote for that.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2020, 08:43:14 PM »
"...a group of people experiencing homelessness."
Geez... this nanny language is getting out of hand.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2020, 08:48:26 PM »
Maybe the city should give each homeless person $20,000? And some soap and clothes and a job?
I would vote for that.
Bleeding hearts are going to bleed us all dry.

Jobs for everyone MIGHT be a good idea, afterall everyone has a job in Communist China and look how awesome it is there.  However I don't think "everyone gets a job" (no matter how menial) jives well with a constantly rising government mandated minimum wage.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2020, 08:56:53 PM »
that's the stuff. Communist China. the new Russia. showing compassion for the homeless. the new original sin. we are doomed if we stray from the path we've blazed since 2017. that is the only true path.

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 10:53:18 AM »
The homeless are obviously part of our landscape now.

But it's the trash they leave everywhere  that's dangerous and a health hazard.

Maybe a trash education program for the homeless?

Where the homeless are taught to care for their new community. And not turn that community into garbage.



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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 02:51:54 PM »
I just passed by this on Whitney. They had a tent set up. Looked like they were having a great time there!

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Re: Residents Say Homeless Encampment in Queens Is Growing,...
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 05:56:01 PM »
I just passed by this on Whitney. They had a tent set up. Looked like they were having a great time there!

I also saw it.

While restaurants are shut down for allowing too much outside drinking/congregating...the homeless get to party.

What a strange world...

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