City officials are planning to close the "drop-in" homeless shelter at 237 E. 77th St. according to today's NY Post.
"The facility provides such daytime services as counseling, job training and medical treatment and helps the homeless find permanent housing. At night, its clients get bused to shelters with beds. Anne Teicher, the site's executive director, said the city wants to phase out drop-in centers to focus instead on "Safe Havens," where the homeless get both services and a bed. Neighbors fear that the center's closing will leave many displaced homeless people wandering the streets and hanging out in Central Park.
The center, which serves 800 men and women a year, learned last month that the city Department of Homeless Services was cutting off its funding: an annual $1.2 million.
The department wants the center, open since 1983, shut by June 30."
The article goes on to say that the site's exec director is pushing for a one-year reprieve.