Three area elected officials on Tuesday praised the City Department of Homeless Services’ recent decision to relocate the residents of the Laurel Hill Shelter in Ozone Park to another facility.
In a joint statement, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach), State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) called the DHS arrangement “the right decision as a part of their citywide efforts to reduce density in their shelters. This is a sensible policy that will help maintain social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19 among both the shelter and non-shelter population by providing them with individual rooms.”
Construction crews began working on the 101st Avenue and 86th Street site in 2018 (pictured). It opened its doors last year as a temporary housing facility for single adults.