NEW YORK HOMELESS LIVING AMONG ELITE
THE HOMELESS AND SEX OFFENDERS NOW LIVING IN NEW YORKS ONCE SERENE UPPER WEST SIDE
When the coronavirus pandemic swept through New York City, officials started filling boutique hotels in Manhattan’s Upper West Side,
With homeless individuals, in an effort to reduce the virus spreading through the streets and cramped shelters.
Residents in the family-friendly neighborhood were shocked,
To find out that those homeless included more than a dozen convicted sex offenders.
NO NOTICE TO RESIDENTS AND CLOSE TO SCHOOLS
Some were reportedly given rooms in hotels a block from a school playground.
City officials have said that, given the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was not time to notify residents well in advance or seek community input.
In all, around 800 people ‒ mostly men ‒ have been placed since April in UWS hotels,
costing taxpayers up to $400 a night, funded 75 percent by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
NEW YORK HOMELESS LIVING AMONG ELITE IN MANHATTEN
The hotels in the area being used include The Hotel Belleclaire, at 76th Street and Broadway,
The Lucerne, at 79th Street and Amsterdam;
And the Belnord on 87th and Broadway.
SEX OFFENDERS INCLUDED
A number of the rooms are reportedly being occupied by registered sex offenders,
Including some convicted of child rape, child molestation and possession of child porn.
Trying to get clear answers from the city and community representatives has been a source of frustration for many Upper West Siders.
According to official guidance from the city’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS), sex offenders,
Whether tier 3, 2 or 1, are to live at the men’s shelter on Wards Islands, where there are no schools at all.
“[But] during the pandemic, the Department of Homeless Services has broken its own rules on sex offenders and where they are housed over and over again,” said……..
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