Westchester Homeless Shelter Faces Closure

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – A Greenburgh homeless shelter is in danger of closing down after a Westchester County executive recently proposed shutting its doors.

Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said that closing the West Help Greenburgh Shelter means that the town will have to pay for it.

“It means a tax hike,” Feiner said.

The town receives $1.2 million from the county for hosting the shelter, reports WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi, and Feiner is not going to let that money go easily.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

“The problem with closing the shelter is once a shelter is closed, it’s hard to find other locations for future shelters,” Feiner said.

Feiner said that the $1.2 million helps the town tremendously and added that the shelter was opened to save the county money in the first place.

“A number of years ago, the county housed the homeless in very expensive hotels and the West Help Homeless Center was more economical,” Feiner said.

If the shelter is closed, Feiner hopes that the building can be used for a home for seniors or veterans or a college dorm.

  • Hank Kozak

    Whats wrong with this picture! The people that have been the backbone of our nation are now being forced into the streets looking for cardboard boxes to live in and dumpster dive for food. Its time that the people that we have voted for to step up to the plate to help us NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • greta

    And the homeless are supposed to go where? The politicians want to do away with Social Security, welfare and give most of our jobs to China and illegal aliens so what exactly are the lower income/poor people supposed to do? Fall in a hole and die? Our country is becoming a caste system where only those with MBAs and all the advantages in life can have anything.

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