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DHS has submitted another proposal to turn the Pan Am homeless shelter into a permanent shelter.

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, a two-year, $23,870,000 contract, was submitted on Jan. 6, according to, with vendor Samaritan Daytop Village Inc. listed as the services provider for the shelter.

Scott Stringer has repeatedly said the emergency homeless shelter must address outstanding violations before he can accept any proposal. He denied the contract last May, July and September.

Elmhurst residents and elected officials have held several rallies calling on Stringer to deny the proposals. The shelter has suffered from a vermin infestation, and the comptroller has cited health and safety concerns such as fire code violations and a lack of kitchen facilities in the units for rejecting the proposals.

Meanwhile, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) slapped the shelter on Tuesday, Jan. 26, with 17 open violations for defective and leaky bathtub faucets in several bathrooms, broken windows, broken bathtubs, broken or defective wall tiles in one bathroom and a defective toilet that does not flush.

State Senators Tony Avella, Jeff Klein, Toby Ann Stavisky and Joseph Addabbo, along with Congresswoman Grace Meng, have all applauded Stringer’s decision to deny the contract.

Grassroots organization Elmhurst United, which has called for the rejection of each proposal, has argued that making the shelter permanent would burden School District 24, the most overcrowded in the city and that issues such as lack of a child care facility at the site, numerous FDNY violations and a façade violation make it unsuitable for people to live there.


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Liberal_Tommy February 06, 2016 / 05:25PM
All of these of violations disappears overnight, this needs to be investigated by an independent group. I just don't trust this mayor.

tomvlai February 04, 2016 / 02:20PM
Here is the link to the 17 violations that miraculously disappeared from HPD online website. These Elmhurst United people are great!

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Tillman January 29, 2016 / 04:44AM
If Samaritan follows its long and dubious reputation, they will be as abusive towards shelter residents as they have been---and still are--towards their residential drug treatment clientele-population. For the safety and well-being of unsuspecting homeless individuals, any entity run by Samaritan Village should be avoided at all costs and investigated.

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