It’s bad for the homeless, the taxpayers and the community. Malliotakis & Elmhurst Untied Cite the Problems-Offer Solutions.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the common sense alternative to Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor, held a Wednesday afternoon news conference with members of Elmhurst United, including its President, Phil Wong, in front of the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Boulevard to discuss the de Blasio administration’s policy of sheltering the homeless in hotels. During the news conference Assemblywoman Malliotakis called the policy, “government dysfunction at its worst; it’s bad for the homeless, the taxpayers and the community.”
Elmhurst United is a community organization whose mission is to support Elmhurst residents in their efforts to transition the homeless from shelters to homes while protecting the rights of the constituents and preserving the integrity of the Elmhurst community.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Whether you live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or in Elmhurst, Queens, one thing is obvious; the homeless crisis has exploded during the first term of the de Blasio administration. One of the issues that takes the forefront in any discussion of homeless New Yorkers is the sheltering of the homeless in hotels. This is a textbook example of government dysfunction at its worst; it’s bad for the homeless, the taxpayers and the community.
“We’re here at the Pan Am Hotel with members of the community to discuss the problems that sheltering the homeless in hotels create in neighborhoods around the city and the common sense solutions that would be implemented in a Malliotakis administration.
“Earlier in the campaign I issued my plan for the homeless. Today, I’m here with Phil Wong and members of Elmhurst United to discuss the real problems a community faces when a hotel housing the homeless is located in their midst and to point out the negative effects it has on the homeless themselves and the ever rising cost to the taxpayer. The 9 year contract on the Pan Am Hotel, which currently has 6 years remaining, comes to an astronomical $92,000,000.
“Comptroller Scott Stringer estimates to be a more than $500,000 per night. Quite frankly, the city is throwing away more than $ 3, 500,000 per week on funds that could be used to create more supportive housing for individuals and families caught in the revolving door of the shelter system. If New York City is to solve its homeless crisis it, it must first reform the services, programs and policies that are obviously failing our homeless population. Any program that places families in a chaos filled environment where drug use, prostitution and petty crimes are commonplace, is failing the very people it was meant to help.
“We must stop the warehousing of the homeless in hotels. Though well intentioned, It’s not a helping hand-up, but a cruel sentence for many New Yorkers to life in limbo, stuck somewhere between the streets and an apartment of their own.”