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UWS Residents Oppose New Homeless Shelter

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Residents on the Upper West Side were protesting another planned homeless shelter in their neighborhood. The concerned voiced their concerns at a community board meeting Tuesday night.

The City plans to open a homeless shelter for 200 men at the Alexander Hotel on West 94th Street near West End Avenue.

People in the neighborhood said the area is already saturated with shelters, rehab centers and housing projects, and they worry another shelter will bring more problems.

“Enough is enough because it will throw off the street life and make things more dangerous for people to walk down the street and we have school children to protect,” said resident Aaron Biller.

The City’s Department of Homeless Services said they have a responsibility to provide temporary, emergency shelter to people in need.

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