7 Lucerne Residents Transferred For Breaking “Good Neighbor Policy”

  Last modified on September 9th, 2020

In reference to the Lucerne Hotel, An August 22 email from Helen Rosenthal states that “Seven residents have been transferred out of the building for not adhering to the shelter’s ‘good neighbor’ policy and/or shelter rules.”

While it has not been made clear what infractions caused the transfer of these seven individuals, we have received a copy of Project Renewal’s “Good Neighbor Policy.”

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The “Good Neighbor Policy” reads as follows:

“As temporary residents of the Lucerne Hotel, you will be expected to adhere to the good neighbor policy set forth in this document. Like all shelter residents and staff, you are expected to conduct yourself as mature and responsible members of the community. As such, you are responsible for upholding all state and city laws and ordinances; furthermore, you are expected to act in accordance with the following provisions:

“Noise: Loud yelling, screaming or music playing are examples of disruptive behaviors and are not acceptable in the community. Please refrain from engaging in this behavior.

“Lingering: No one should be lingering in the surrounding area of the hotel. If found loitering, you will be engaged by Project Renewal and Security personnel and asked to leave the area.

“Use and/or possession of alcohol and other drugs: In accordance with city laws, use and/or possession of alcohol and other drugs in public is strictly prohibited. This includes cigarette sales.

“Smoking: Be mindful of how cigarette smoke may enter through our neighbors’ windows and affect those inside. There should be absolutely no smoking in front of our neighbors’ homes / businesses.

“Littering: It is your responsibility to properly dispose of litter and garbage by placing them in designated trash receptacles.

“Masks: You are expected to wear face coverings at all times when in the common areas of the hotel and/or in the community. Masks are available at all times in the access control area and are also provided at bed signing on Monday and Thursday.

“Failure to comply with the stipulations outlined in this policy may result in an immediate DHS administrative transfer.”

The Good Neighbor Policy concludes by asking each resident to print and sign their name and date it.

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Other updates referenced in the email include the following:

  • While the city is strictly enforcing a 10pm curfew for all residents, there are some exceptions, including for those who are working night shifts.
  • The security team at the Lucerne and Belleclaire are conducting two patrols per day.
  • Two days of COVID-19 testing have just been completed. Positive results are minimal.
  • The Lucerne has added “more robust programming for shelter residents, and is speaking with Goddard Riverside Community Center about access to additional space for programming.”
  • “DHS reports that an individual who showed up on the State Registry as a Level 3 sex offender and staying at the Lucerne was never a resident there. The individual in question was a client of Project Renewal at their downtown location until February, 2020 and he then became homeless. DHS has advised the State to correct the registry.”

In addition, the email states that the 20th Precinct “has added extra officers to the area bounded by the temporary shelters, with six officers assigned to Broadway between 72nd and 86th Streets every day, between 12 and 8:30pm” and that the “20th (Precinct) will coordinate with local schools and the 24th Precinct to ensure patrols during student drop-off and pick-up times.”

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