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  • As Homelessness Crisis Continues, Shelter Siting Questions Intensify

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    Council Member Miller & a constituent (photo: @IDaneekMiller)


    When the city’s Department of Homeless Services was quickly and quietly moving homeless families into the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens last June, the response from locals was swift and sharp. A group of Chinese immigrants and a local Republican club organized a protest against the new facility, saying city officials had unfairly targeted the neighborhood. Things got ugly. Shouts of “Get a job!” by protesters were

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