Where there's a homeless shelter, there's a neighbor or twenty who are unhappy about it. Both contingents are battling it out now in Greenpoint, where a nonprofit is hoping to build a 200-bed homeless men's shelter on McGuiness Boulevard at Clay Street, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Neighbors have a few concerns! Local business owners are worried about degentrification, and the tenants of the future homeless shelter site?now legal residents of the commercially-zoned building thanks the loft law?might not want to leave. Others, citing alleged goings-on at the same nonprofit's transitional housing facility on Brownsville, worry that the new homeless shelter will bring prostitution to Greenpoint. Ruh-roh! A possible compromise: maybe just put the shelter in The Viridian?
· Big homeless shelter planned for Greenpoint [BK Paper]
· HELP USA's Brownsville center is not popular with locals [BK Paper]