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.