After three denials, Stringer approves permanent contract for Elmhurst shelter
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City Comptroller Scott Stringer gave his approval Friday to a contract that makes the temporary homeless shelter at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst permanent. The latest contract for the shelter, located at 79-00 Queens Blvd., was submitted on Jan. 6 for a two-year, $23,870,000 deal ending on June 17. According to a spokesperson for Stringer, this […]

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New contract bid for Elmhurst shelter that got 17 code violations in one day
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There’s yet another contract proposal for the homeless shelter operated at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. After Comptroller Scott M. Stringer thrice rejected a proposal to convert the currently temporary shelter at 79-00 Queens Blvd. into a permanent homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) submitted its fourth proposal earlier this month. The new proposal, […]

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City OKs $24M contract for East Elmhurst’s Westway homeless shelter
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After the conversion of East Elmhurst‘s Westway Motel from an emergency homeless shelter to a permanent one, the city recently approved a $23,918,936 contract with service provider Women in Need Inc. The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) approved the conversion on July 9, 2014, of what used to be the Westway Motel at 71-11 Astoria Blvd. Immediately after, an emergency […]

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Editorial: City sees the light on homelessness
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The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) spent city tax dollars– your tax dollars– to allow homeless people to live in filthy, cramped and insecure shelters. That’s the essence of an audit that City Comptroller Scott Stringer released on Monday which found that the DHS failed to provide proper oversight at emergency shelters across the city […]

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Queens pols welcome shakeup at Department of Homeless Services
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Lawmakers and activists in Queens who have repeatedly called for reforms at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) finally got their wish on Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would “evaluate and seek potential reorganizations” at the DHS. That process began with the resignation of DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, who will remain with the de […]

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