Tell Greenpoint residents that you want to build a homeless shelter in their neighborhood, and you get a long spiel about how their community is already overtaxed by city services, and that they have a local homeless problem that a shelter run by outsiders wouldn’t solve. Tell the people of Prospect Lefferts Gardens that you want to build a homeless shelter in their neighborhood, and they’ll give it to you straight up.
“I really don’t want homeless people in my vicinity,” a member of the local community board’s housing committee told the Post.
But this isn’t your ordinary homeless shelter—it’s a farm!
According to the Post:
Community Counseling and Mediation, which has run a farm-and-shelter called “Georgia’s Place” in Crown Heights since 2006, says it wants to build an $11-million, 70-person refuge on a vacant lot at Lefferts Boulevard and Nostrand Avenue.
Those blocks don’t actually intersect, so we’ll have to assume the reporter means Lefferts Avenue. Anyway, the shelter would serve residents pre-screened for self-sufficiency, and include a rooftop farm that residents would work and whose fruits they would enjoy. It would be one of only four rooftop farms in New York City, the tabloid reports.
That is, of course, if the community approves the project.
“Some of the resistance is understandable,” CCM’s director told the paper. “I got the sense that they were very open and willing to consider the project.” That’s because you’re not in Greenpoint, pal!