The operator of a controversial temporary homeless shelter on West 95th Street is seeking a new five-year contract worth $47 million, according to a copy of the contract we obtained. But the shelter could be around for much longer than that if it’s approved — the Department of Homeless Services has the option of extending the contract to nine years. We wrote about a plans for the shelter last week, and reported on a new audit targeting the shelter operator.
The shelter’s fate may rest on a decision by Comptroller John Liu on whether to approve the contract. Because the old contract runs out on February 5, Liu’s decision could come shortly.
Aaron Biller, who runs community group Neighborhood in the Nineties, is calling for people to contact Liu and urge him to block the contract. “The future of our beautiful, caring neighborhood is at stake. The Meeting on Wednesday was meant as a charade. The contract for up to nine more years of this double-shelter disaster was signed by Shelter operator Aguila—one of the City’s worst shelter-lords—prepared and signed the contract two months ago and expects the City to sign off on it.”
“Please call the Comptroller directly at 212.669.4185 (ASAP), his assistant, Nancy Cruz or call the general number, 212.669.3500, ask to speak to Mr. Liu or Ms. Cruz. Leave a message if necessary!
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Send an email IMMEDIATELY to:
Comptroller John C. Liu, c/o Nancy Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below, check out the contract in four parts: