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Government starts using Queens Hotel as homeless shelter

A few days ago, the city started to use a Queens hotel as a Homeless Shelter. The hotel itself is in the Kew Gardens complex, a luxury apartment and hotel tower. It is addressed at 123-28 82nd Avenue. The hotel itself is run by Comfort Inn and contains 84 rooms and 38 luxury units in a separated residential area of the facilities. This area is known as “the Kewl”. Said hotel rooms were selected by the city for the aforementioned purposes.

Nineteen of those hotel rooms were destined to homeless single men, and the Department of Homeless Services is hoping to fill the rest of the vacancies soon enough. Nevertheless, the tenants renting at “the Kewl” are not happy with this decision, as Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz.

However, this is not a permanent measure. Mayor Bill de Blasio has been saying he hopes to end this type of emergency measure by 2023, but he also acknowledges that the hotel is the only spot in the Community District 9 of Queens where homeless men can go. There still are 300 or more homeless people in the neighborhood, and the agency is desperately searching for shelter for them too. [The Real Deal]