Homeless Activist Who Got Coalition for Homeless Award Wants Homeless Out
I can't blame lefties for not wanting junkies exposing themselves and defecating in front of their homes. I just wish they would have some empathy when they're creating those nightmares for people who don't have their resources.
The next battle over the city's temporary hotel shelter program may play out in Hell's Kitchen, where residents this week escalated their demands that the city reduce the density of shelters in the neighborhood and take better care of the people living inside them.
"The rapid relocation of so many homeless in our community has created unintended consequences," Delores Rubin, a lifelong Hell's Kitchen resident and former community board chair, said at a news conference Monday.
Hell's Kitchen is in Manhattan. And despite its name or any impressions you might have picked up from Daredevil, it's a fairly gentrified area these days.
Delores Rubin appears to be a former chair of Community Board 4, a Deutsche Bank Director, a member of its Black Leadership Forum, and an activist for assorted non-profits, who was honored as part of CB4 by the Coalition for the Homeless with its compassionate communities award.
“It’s my way of giving back where I can, and this is one way to alleviate the concerns about a growing homeless population,” Rubin explained. “It’s just about whatever capacity someone can give, to create the kind of neighborhood we would want in the event that we were homeless.”
And then Rubin and other progressives in the area decided that they don't want to spend a fortune to live in a crackhead's toilet.
Monday's news conference announced the formation of the Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Coalition, a new group composed of several block associations, businesses and local nonprofits formed in response to the public safety concerns.
Beyond drug use, some shelter residents have behaved aggressively toward passersby and local business owners, while public urination and defecation have also become more visible, according to the coalition.
Community Board 4 has sent at least four letters to the Department of Homeless Services requesting action but received no commitments in return, members have said. DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
That's quite a change from CB4 sneering at 'Nimbyism' in other neighborhoods.
NY1 has obtained exclusive video that shows something else.
Just after midnight in mid-October, there appeared to be a large brawl in the middle of the street.
Two weeks later, we have tape of a man exposing himself on the street.
Days later, there was another incident: one man struggled with security in front of the hotel and was tased.
We obtained a photo of a man inside one of the hotel rooms holding a needle to his arm.
In October, Restuccia and his neighbors, like Delores Rubin, formed an alliance: the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Coalition.
“Our entire community has recognized that there are issues we have to deal with,” Rubin told us.
The "issue" is housing huge people with mental problems and drug abuse issues, often incorrectly classified as "homeless" in people's neighborhoods.
I can't blame Rubin and the CB4 gang for having had enough. I blame them for failing to recognize that their activism is the problem.