The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless, following a tour of Floyd Bennett Field yesterday, called on the Adams Administration to abandon its plan to shelter families with children in a semi-congregate setting at the facility.
Late last night, in a communication with the City, Legal Aid and the Coalition detailed multiple reasons as to why sheltering families with children at Floyd Bennett Field would place these new arrivals in harm’s way.
“Placing families with children at Floyd Bennett Field is a recipe for disaster, and the facility falls woefully short of providing the accommodations that this vulnerable population needs and deserves,” said Adriene Holder, Chief Attorney of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society. “The City must abandon its misguided effort to use Floyd Bennett Field as an option to shelter families with children, and we fear the worst should City Hall continue with this fraught, cruel and patently dangerous plan.”
Issues that Legal Aid and the Coalition communicated to the City include:
Unsafe restroom setup
Exit issues and lack of sanitary facilities for children
Lack of a healthy sleep environment
Isolation and education difficulties
Privacy and safety concerns
Last Updated: 1 November 2023
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