NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In an effort to fight homelessness, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to build 90 shelters across the city. A little over 20 are already open.

It’s all part of his “Turning the Tides” proposal, but two shelters slated for a Brooklyn neighborhood have been met with quite some opposition.

Two shelters slated for a Brooklyn neighborhood have been met with quite some opposition. (Credit: CBS2)

CBS2’s Nina Kapur reports they’re being built in Park Slope, right off Fourth Avenue.

Combined, they’ll house 253 families and provide them with services including security, after-school care, job training and education.

Former NYC Council speakerwoman Christine Quinn heads “Women In Need,” a nonprofit that will run the shelters.

“This is an area that does not have a lot of homeless shelters for families and is in real need of them,” Quinn said.

She says 70% of the city’s homeless population consists of families with children.

“It’s just inhumane and cruel to think about a mom and her little kids sleeping on the streets. We can’t have that in the greatest city in the world,” Quinn said.

But when it comes to putting these facilities in their neighborhood, Park Slope residents are torn.

“My position on the shelters, I’m against the shelters as is,” resident Bo Spamajopoulos said.

“I think there’s definitely a need for them,” business owner Andrew Holt said.

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition in favor of the shelters, whereas just over 1,200 have signed a petition against them.

Since Park Slope is known for being a progressive neighborhood, some residents say they’re getting some heat for speaking up against the plans.

“We took a long time to build up the community, and now we’re going to put in homeless shelters? I think there’s other places for it,” resident Richard Dimatteo said.

Many say affordable housing units would be more beneficial, but those in favor argue that this will bring diversity to the neighborhood and take children out of unsafe situations.

“New York has an issue with homeless, so we have to make sure that the city and us as residents are taking care of them,” resident Harry Chazichralapus said.

Regardless of the mixed emotions, the plans will move forward. Both shelters are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

A public hearing is being held on Thursday to discuss the cost of the buildings.

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  1. The people editing at CBS news should be ashamed of themselves for playing along with the likes of Quinn and Deblasio to stir anger by distorting the facts. I watched those people being interviewed and just saw this clip. I find it reprehensible how the press is working with Christine Quinn to paint anyone who say’s anything to question this fraud and theft of tax dollars as, evil and uncaring. CBS gave Ms Quinn 3/4 of that clip to sob and make believe she cares about homeless people (She’s making over 350 K running that “Not For Profit”) then nitpicked & distorted everything that anyone else said to question this charade. That first guy said NOTHING bad about the homeless or the shelters. He said that those people were once his neighbors. That they’re now homeless because of people like Ms Quinn and Mr. DeBlasio and he’d like them all to be able to live in the neighborhood again, in “Truly affordable housing..not the way it’s playing out.” She asked him if that means he’s against the shelters “as they are being put through” and he said he’s against them “As is”.

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