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Some Carroll Gardens Residents Fight Proposed Homeless Shelter

More Than 1,000 People Sign Petition Against Plan
Proposed Site Of Carroll Gardens Homeless Shelter (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Proposed Site Of Carroll Gardens Homeless Shelter (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Some residents in Brooklyn are crying “NIMBY” (Not in My Backyard) over a proposed homeless shelter in their neighborhood.

The city wants to convert a 10-unit condo on West Ninth Street into a shelter for 170 single homeless men.

More than 1,000 Carroll Gardens residents have signed a petition against the plan.

“I know they deserve a place to stay, but do they belong here? That’s a tough question,” one resident told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

“The building is quite small for all the occupants that they’re proposing. I don’t think it makes any sense; it’s not fair to the community and it’s definitely not fair to the homeless people that will be there,” another resident said.

“This is not the proper neighborhood for it,” one man said.

Others in the neighborhood don’t seem to have a problem with the proposal.

“If it’s going to provide shelter for people that don’t have a place to live then why not?” one resident said.

“People shouldn’t be sleeping in the street,” another resident said.

“There have to be homeless shelters in our society so if it’s not okay in an affluent neighborhood, is it okay in a non-affluent neighborhood? I think we have to be a community and allow people from all backgrounds to be here,” one woman said.

A public hearing on the proposal was held Thursday morning in Manhattan.

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