By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A company run by the former Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services in the Bloomberg administration wants to put a homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens.
Housing Solutions USA, headed by former Commissioner Robert Hess, intends to submit a proposal to the Department of Homeless Services to provide social services to 170 single adults who will be living at 165 West 9th Street, between Court Street and Hamilton Avenue.
Housing Solution USA recently merged with Aguila Inc., to form Housing Solutions USA/Aguila, Inc.
Craig R. Hammerman, District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board 6 said in a statement on Friday, “At this time the only information we have is the letter that was faxed to our office.
“We are in the process of setting up a public informational meeting for the Community Board and community to learn more about this proposal firsthand, and will be sending out a follow-up announcement as soon as the meeting details are confirmed,” he added.
Housing Solutions USA/Aguila Inc. says it provides social services to more than 1,400 homeless families in the Bronx and Manhattan. In a letter to CB 6, CEO Hess said, “We are looking to expand our services to meet the increased demand for safe and supportive transitional housing to help less fortunate individuals achieve a better quality of life and find permanent housing.”
Headquartered in Manhattan, Housing Solutions USA has submitted “numerous separate proposals to municipal authorities in New York City” to approve its operation of family emergency shelters, the company says.
In July, an uproar ensued when Housing Solutions said it would be placing 200 families in buildings in Manhattan at 316 West 95th Street and 330 West 95th Street.
According to New York Press, the Upper Eastsiders said that they “don’t object to housing the homeless in their community, but that they shouldn’t be burdened with a sudden influx of homeless adults when they already have a high number of shelters.”