Department of Homeless Services

Rendering Revealed for 25 West 24th Street, in The Flatiron District

When YIMBY last checked in on the site for 25 West 24th Street back in 2016, a 47-bed homeless shelter was in the works, proposed by the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). Now, a new rendering by Issac & Stern Architects has revealed the planned exterior for the project in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, which indicates a substantial change in plans. The new structure shown looks to stand 18 stories tall, and is located between 5th and 6th Avenue.

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314 West 127th Street, via Google Maps

Permits Filed for 314 West 127th Street, Harlem

Permits have been filed for a 12-story building at 314 West 127th Street, in Harlem, Manhattan. The Harlem-based Center for Urban Community Services is responsible for the development. The company focuses on providing services to homeless clients, as well as housing development, training, and research. Here, they will partner with the Department of Homeless Services to create a center for housing with support for serious health and mental health issues, and criminal justice assistance. By their own metrics, they have reached more than 35,000 people per year.

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25 West 24th Street

Five-Story Former La Semana Hotel To Be Converted Into 47-Bed Homeless Shelter, 25 West 24th Street, Flatiron District

Breaking Ground, with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), has proposed to convert the five-story former La Semana hotel at 25 West 24th Street, in the Flatiron District, into a 47-bed homeless shelter, DNAinfo reported. The facility would be an emergency shelter for street-homeless individuals. Housing there would be temporary until the city could move individuals to more sustainable living arrangements. After opposition from neighborhood residents grew before a recently scheduled meeting, officials decided to postpone the discussion until later this month. DHS doesn’t need the local Community Board’s approval and plans to move forward with the conversion as-of-right, according to its spokesperson. La Semana closed earlier this year after accumulating years of nightmarish reviews on TripAdvisor.


249 Varet Street

Four-Story, 54-Key Hostel Being Converted Into 140-Person Homeless Shelter at 249 Varet Street, East Williamsburg

After opening just eight years ago, the four-story, 54-key New York Loft Hostel, located at 249 Varet Street in East Williamsburg, is currently in the process of being converted into a 140-person homeless shelter, Bushwick Daily reported. Until recently, the 22,237-square-foot property had 54 hotel rooms, but has since undergone a reconfiguration to 67 units, according to permits with the Buildings Department. The shelter’s occupants will be restricted to males ages 55 and older who aren’t sex offenders. They are expected to live in the shelter for roughly nine months and will have access to supportive services and meals, all located within the building. The project is being headed by the city’s non-profit organization Project Renewal and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The shelter will likely become operational this fall after the hostel closes for business at the end of August. Bosch Architecture is designing the conversion. The Morgan Avenue stop on the L train is three blocks away.


79-00 Queens Boulevard

Seven-Story, 216-Unit Homeless Shelter To Get Renovation At 79-00 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst

The city has approved plans to renovate and bring up to code the seven-story, 216-unit former Pan Am hotel, which was turned into a homeless shelter back in June of 2014. The building, at 79-00 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, is located five blocks west of the Grand Av – Newtown stop on the M/R trains. DNAinfo reports Samaritan Village, the facility’s operator, will file plans with the city by June for the construction work. Some upgrades include a children’s playground, a day care facility, and a cafeteria. Samaritan will receive roughly $23 million in funding from the city over the next couple years to carry out construction. The city’s Department of Homeless Services will help in the relocation of families during the renovation.


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