Op-ed: Transitional housing for the homeless comes with costs

Where do the residents, homeowners and local businesses fit into the equation when Midtown hotels convert to “transitional housing”?

They don’t.

Brick by brick, the Department of Homeless Services is dismantling city neighborhoods. Some local elected officials and community boards participate by handing DHS the chisels used to chip away and erode their own constituents’ public safety and quality of life. DHS does not conduct studies to determine if its new sites are suitable. Oddly, neither do City Council members nor community boards. Their inaction has rippling community consequences and costs.

“Transitional housing” is spin-doctor phraseology. Transitional housing is a euphemism for “homeless shelter.”

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