Two groups are partnering to conduct a “protest with art” demonstration and “sleep out” at the Lucerne Hotel on Saturday, August 29, beginning at 6pm.
@UWSopenhearts and @theallstreetjournal are doing this to raise awareness and support for homeless New Yorkers.
The art protest will go from 6-9pm.
Instagram posts shared by both groups state they’ll be “making a welcome banner, painting signs, doing chalk art, and writing letters to representatives in support of temporary hotel shelters, their residents, and service providers on the Upper West Side.”
Homeless Lucerne Residents will be Relocated
From 9pm-6am, attendees will “sleep out” in front of the building. The flyer below recommends those attending bring their own sleeping bag.
In reference to the newly formed West Side Community Organization, which has already raised over $110,000, the Instagram posts state how “Certain members of the UWS community are actively trying to relocate shelter residents, who are majority black and brown men, to overcrowded shelters elsewhere in the city, thereby increasing their risk of exposure to the virus and limiting their access to necessary resources. This group of Upper West Siders has raised exorbitant amounts of money to pay legal fees to remove shelter residents, funds which could be better put to use by service providers for unhomed New Yorkers.”
An August 19 press release from the West Side Community Organization states its mission includes better policies for those who are struggling, even though they have been accused of having the sole mission of getting these homeless residents relocated.
Part of this press release states that “WestCo’s mission is to advance safer and more compassionate policies regarding New Yorkers who are struggling with homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction.” It continues by stating that “Funds will be used to create and administer the newly formed organization, which will promote adequate services for those in critical need, help improve the quality of life for residents, and foster a healthy environment for small businesses to thrive.”
Earlier hotel shelter coverage
I can’t believe how this group of people don’t care about destroying our neighborhood. Do they even live here? I doubt it. A lot of the homeless need to be in a controlled environment They need help and the hotels can’t help them
“ increasing their risk of exposure to the virus and limiting their access to necessary resources. This group of Upper West Siders has raised exorbitant amounts of money to pay legal fees to remove shelter residents, funds which could be better put to use by service providers for unhomed New Yorkers”
The amount raised is NOT exorbitant. It is the equivalent of what the city is paying to hotels in order to house the homeless for ONE night. This group of artists’ outrage is misdirected.
P.S. Is there a surplus of ventilators located on the UWS that no one told me about?
Harriet: Every one of the people participating lives on the UWs. UI have been here for 55 years, and will be participating. Our neighborhood is not being “destroyed,” at least not by the temporary placement of some homeless men and women in the area. As for “They need help and the hotels can’t help them, ” the social service providers at the hotels (Project Renewal at Lucerne, Help USA at Belleclaire, CUCS at Belnord) are among the top such service providers out there. The residents are getting even more services now than they do at the wo shelters from which they came on the Lower East Side. They have onsite health car, including covid testing, onsite case workers, onsite programs, and are referred to those off-site services not being offered – mostly for lack of pace: There are 50 full-time staff at the Lucerne, including a nurse and a program director, and !30 of the men work, so they go off to jobs. you need to educate yourself about what is ACTUALLY happening instead of listening to misinformation and propaganda.
First, the City pays very little of the cost. FEMA pays 75%, and the State also pays a percent. So your comment in that regard is inaccurate.
And why bring up ventilators? As noted in my response to Harriet above, these men get onsite health care, including an onsite nurse, and a medical van that comes around twice a week. They get wellness checks six times a day, including twice when their temperature is taken. Failure to be in one’s room and answer the door for these checks is grounds for removal from the program. They are Covid tested once a month, but can request a test any time. The most recent mandatory testing was done last Wed and Thurs. There was a single “positive” result, and that person was transferred to a quarantine facility immediately.
You, too, need to educate yourself and get the FACTS before you make wild, unsubstantiated and fear=mongering claims.
Again can we please get real. Why put 4 hotels of homeless in one neighborhood our UWS. You had destroyed our neighborhood. Why not one uptown , UES ( o the soon to be ex mayor) lives there, , staten island or upstate where there is room . What type of planning is this ? Take a nice neighborhood and make the elderly, children and others scared to walk the streets day or night. What’s next Mr Ex Mayor
“Person shot on 71st and CPW” -Citizen App, 1 hour ago. I live in the area and get NEARLY DAILY and certainly weekly notifications of a person being SHOT OR STABBED. One of these crimes per week for months now, often 2-3x per week. Sick of it.
Ian. If your heart is big enough, then your home is big enough. Set an example by taking some of the recovering addicts into your home and demonstrating the compassion you wish others to show.
Joe: And tell me, you know this is related to the “hotel homeless” HOW? You don’t. you are making an assumption and scapegoating. Not a good look. Thus far, NONE of the serious crimes that have occurred in the pats few weeks – the stabbing and punching incidents at 72nd Street, the “sucker punch” incident a 75/Col, or any other – has been related to the hotel homeless. You can confirm that with the 20th Precinct, which I did.
STOP SCAPEGOATING THESE MEN! IF you know for a certainty that any of them is guilty of a serious crime, tell the manager of the program provider at the hotel. And if you are a victim of a crime, or actually SEE one occurring, call 911.
But unless you know FOR A CERTAINTY that one of the hotel homeless is involved, STOP blaming them! THAT is what we are protesting – intolerance, demonization, scapegoating, and mean-spiritedness.