570 Coney Island Avenue Will Re-Open As 139 Bed Shelter For Men

570 Coney Island Avenue. (Photo by Liena Zagare/BKLYNER)

KENSINGTON/DITMAS PARK – The city needs homeless shelters and the latest one is slated for the border of Ditmas Park and Kensington.

The former Park Manor Adult Home is being renovated into a shelter that will provide 139 beds for single men. The shelter may open as early as January and most likely by the Spring, and will be operated by Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ), a Bed Stuy-based nonprofit that operates another transient housing facility on Willoughby Avenue, Department of Homeless Services (DHS) tells Bklyner.

“Homeless New Yorkers come from every community across the five boroughs, so we need every community to come together to address homelessness. This high-quality facility will be the first of its kind in this Community District [Community Board12], offering 139 men from Brooklyn the opportunity to be sheltered in their home borough, closer to their support networks and communities they called home as they get back on their feet,” Arianna Fishman, deputy press secretary at DHS told us.

“Working together with neighbors and nonprofit service provider Black Vets for Social Justice we’re confident that these individuals will be warmly welcomed – and through collaborative support and compassion, we will make this the best experience it can be for these individuals as they get back on their feet.”

What Fishman is referring to is setting up a Community Advisory Board for the shelter – which the city does 30 days after a shelter opens to deal with issues brought up by the community in the interim and to address going forward.

This is the 24th shelter that has been announced under the “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City” plan that the Mayor announced in the Spring on 2017. The plan envisions opening 90 borough-based shelters.

Pursuant to the Turning the Tide Plan, DHS provided the “at least 30 days’ notice” of proposed shelter opening to local elected officials and Community Board 12 on October 23, 2018, for what the DHS says is an anticipated Spring 2019 opening.

Based on the track record of opening the 17 shelters currently operational, DHS “provided no less than 30 days’ notice and a combined average of approximately 80 days’ notice regarding the opening of these locations”.

We reached out to BVSJ but did not hear back, however, here is how the new 139-bed shelter at 570 Coney Island Avenue (just south of Beverley Road) will work, according to an email we received from the DHS :

  • Black Vets for Social Justice will provide an array of on-site services and off-site service linkages, providing individuals with the support that will help them stabilize their lives by returning to and maintaining independent living.
  • On-site services will include case management, housing placement assistance, health services, screening/assessment/interventions for substance use challenges, and recreational and employment services.
  • Off-site service linkages will include primary healthcare, health/mental health services, substance use treatment, vocational training, employment placement, GED instruction, conflict mediation, and legal services. Black Vets for Social Justice will also work with CD12, local elected officials, and neighbors to facilitate employment opportunities for people living in the neighborhood.
  • Additionally, a secure and safe environment is critical to the success of any program facility- and the NYPD works directly with DHS to oversee security in all shelters, including this one.
  • Black Vets for Social Justice is providing on-site security around-the-clock. At least two security officers will be located at the site’s entrance to control building access and to monitor security cameras, which will be located throughout the building and grounds. There will be a minimum of six security staff per shift and one supervisor overseeing security staff per shift.
  • Black Vets for Social Justice will provide a 24-hour open line for the community to provide feedback in a timely manner and to immediately address any concerns that may arise.
  • As an added measure, at least 80 security cameras will be installed throughout the building and across the shelter grounds. These cameras allow security officers to continually monitor compliance with house regulations and good neighbor policies both in and around the facility, acting as a deterrent for inappropriate or illegal activities. Recordings will be made available to authorities in the event that arrests or prosecution are warranted.
  • There is a 10:00 PM curfew. Clients who are employed with late work hours will receive passes to return to the facility after curfew based on their documented work schedule.

The adult home that this shelter replaces was cited repeatedly by the New York State Department of Health, including for overcrowding, and at peak occupancy seems to have had about 60 residents.

While the Department of Buildings initially disapproved of plans to convert the 19 rooms into 27, it seems permits have now been issued and work is proceeding.

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Liena Zagare

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  1. I did work for the Park Home, that place was totally run down and out of date. The only was to really renovate it is to completely gut it which isn’t happening. That neighborhood has A LOT of families, good luck.

  2. Right around the corner from 2 million dollar homes. Was there a meeting about this that the Ditmas Park neighbors were able to attend?

  3. The notice is supposed to be 45 before the APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED, not before it opens.
    “The new policy requires DHS to give the community board and all elected officials who represent the district that receives a shelter a full 45 days’ notice before the [application] hearing in lower Manhattan.”

  4. Just curious, does anyone know how many of these shelters are opening in the mayor’s neighborhood of Park Slope?

  5. I live here on the border of Kensington/Ditmas park.. As far as I’m concerned the homeless shelters have to go someplace and if they’re equally spaced out in each borough and neighborhood than it’s fair. True.. There are plenty of multi million dollar homes very close to where this shelter will be but really.. Where in NY are there not million dollar homes anymore? Some places sure.. But that’s certainly changing unfortunately. If there’s adequate security and vetting of the people who will be living in the shelter.. Meaning preferably no mass murderers and the like living there.. Than they have to be given a chance. Someone above mentioned the mayor’s neighborhood of park slope. Well.. As far as I know there is a woman’s shelter in the park slope armory. I’m not sure about the ratio of shelters in each borough and neighborhood but I will add that we do already have a shelter for families in Kensington that has been well received. It’s not so close to Ditmas park but so far so good at this particular shelter. While they’re targeting 90 some odd shelters I’d also like to add that it’s admirable but why isn’t the same being done with affordable housing? There’s affordable housing being built into new buildings but I do gotta say that there should be way more affordable apartments and they should be first and foremost for the people who really need them. I’ve seen plenty where they have studios and one bedrooms that cost about $500 per month yet the household income still had to be at least $35-45k. That’s ridiculous considering any person making say $20k a year would easily be able to afford a studio for $500 per month. Affordable housing should be for people that can’t afford to pay $1200 for a tiny studio.. Not middle class folks who most of the affordable homes are going to! Anyway, pardon me for going off topic. Lastly, I’ll just say that as long as the new shelter residents aren’t all pan handling or causing any problems than they should be allowed a chance to get back on their feet. Perhaps there should be stringent guidelines for that.. Such as any harassment by the shelter occupants and they lose the privilege to live there.. But that’s just the basics. I could really keep going and lay out more of what should happen but I’d say that’s enough for now. Happy holidays

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