CB7 Schedules Meeting To Discuss 4th Avenue Homeless Shelters

PARK SLOPE – Brooklyn Community Board 7 (CB7) has scheduled a meeting to discuss the two homeless shelters planned for 4th Avenue in Park Slope.

CB7’s Committee on Homelessness Issues has scheduled the community forum for Tuesday, July 23, from 6:30pm to 8pm, at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Representatives from NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS), WIN, the Department of Education, and local elected officials will be on hand to answer questions.

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CB7 District Manager, Jeremy Laufer, tells Bklyner he anticipates a large turnout for the community meeting. “There’s certainly a lot of interest on this issue,” he said.

Laufer said his office has received lots of feedback regarding the shelters—both for the facilities and against. Announced at a meeting in May, the two shelters will open this fall and will be operated by WIN. 535 4th Avenue (located in Community Board 6) will provide 148 units for homeless families while 555 4th Avenue (in Community Board 7) will provide 105 units for homeless families as well as 26 units of affordable housing.

Petitions have been launched opposing and supporting the two shelters. Opponents argue that WIN and the developers of the two properties, Slate and Adam America, have inflated the city contracts for the project by millions. The contracts show that the city will pay $261 million over nine years to WIN to operate the two shelters.

According to DHS, the annual costs at the shelters would be $17 million at 535 (including $6.3 million for rent) and $13 million at 555 (including $4.6 million for rent). Per-unit monthly rent would be $3,500 and $3,600, respectively. WIN would pay rent to the two developers.

“We support the city’s efforts to house the homeless, but we believe that locating two large buildings for the homeless on two adjacent blocks is not fair to our community,” states the petition by Committee For 4th Avenue. “Please note that our community is open to welcoming a shelter of a reasonable size upon the provision of appropriate information, notice, and an opportunity for our concerns to be heard and addressed.”

Regarding next Tuesday’s meeting on the shelters, Laufer says, “We hope to see all of our neighbors and look forward to a thorough discussion.”

CB7 Community Forum: Fourth Ave Homeless Shelters
Tuesday, July 23, 6:30pm to 8pm
Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue (between 5th & 6th Avenues), Park Slope

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Pamela Wong

Pam is a staff reporter at Bklyner, covering North-Western parts of Brooklyn. You can reach her at Pamela@bklyner.com. Tips are always welcome. She also writes about art at arthag.typepad.com.


  1. The self-inflicted crashing and burning of Brad Lander’s campaign for comptroller is amazing to watch. Did he really think no one would notice when he tried to sneak $74 million out the back door and into the pockets of Slate Property Group and Adam America? And he wants to be in charge of stopping exactly this kind of fraud? Hilarious!

  2. Having a town hall meeting on these shelters run by WIN, DHS, the local political machine, and the DOE, is like having a trial run by the prosecution. I can’t wait to see Christine Quinn’s well rehearsed performance. This $350,000 per year executive who complains that WIN doesn’t pay her enough is a former City Council Speaker who gained favors from people in high places by extending term limits and who blocked a much smaller shelter in her own Chelsea neighborhood.

  3. Featuring:
    ***Brad “Tap Dancer” Lander who will dance around the fact that he supports an $89 million gift for sleazebag developers.

    ***Christine “Holier than a Hypocrite” Quinn who will find 72 brand new ways to imply that residents of South Slope and Gowanus are racist while praying no one brings up the fact that she fought a homeless shelter in her own ritzy Chelsea neighborhood.

    ***DHS, winner of the Pinnochio Award.

    ***Kathy Park, Citizen Squirrel, Brooklyn Children’s Theater and CB6 who will try as hard as they can to hide their glee that there are still no shelters in the rich parts of CB6 where they live.

    ***And a special non-appearance from Puppetmasters Adam America and Slate Property Group who will be too busy picking out the furnishings for their new private jet. Quick poll: Should they name it “Homeless One” or “Lander One”?

  4. LOL. Where did all these fiscal conservatives come from in park slope? Attacking non-profits serving women and children and Brooklyn Children’s theater!!! We all know that you really don’t care about the cost to run this shelter and it is just an excuse for your bigoted views and seeking to protect your property values… Ironic… how they are calling out developers for making a profit, when all they care about is how much they make on their condo.

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