2009-10-09 / Letters

Where Are They Sending These People?

In response to an article concerning the relocation of assisted-living residents.

Dear Editor,

I was just wondering if they automatically get oceanfront apartments again at the expense of the City/ State?

I heard a rumor and that is all it is, but the State gave a very short deadline to have the people out of those houses at Beach 116 and Beach 95 Streets.

The rumor is that they have already placed five of the patients in 1 Beach 105 Street. Since the rent is very high in these buildings and we already have a number of serious issues with the property and the landlord, I was wondering if we are going to have those people hanging out on our section of boardwalk all day long.

It was very uncomfortable walking the boardwalk at Beach 116 Street while they were all there, as well as in front of the building across from the Police Station. I avoided that section of the boardwalk for a long time and still do. Is that what I have to look forward to in front of my building?

I am asking the Wave to investigate the issue and print the results for the neighborhoods which are affected. Since we pay very high rent and parking for nearly no amenities, an action like this, if true, must be brought to the attention of S.H.A.F.T., the Tenants' Association, so that a request to lower the rents can be started.

The Wave usually gets to the bottom of things, so I await your reply. Perhaps you can also suggest apartment buildings that are willing to take those of us who prefer not to live in a half-way house.

Here's a question. I understand the need for half-way houses and nursing homes, as well as public housing. But why is it that only Rockaway puts all of these people up on prime oceanfront property? Urban renewal suggests that the City and State are trying to make the place better, not worse.

MAUREEN E. RITTER

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