UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — A vigil was held Saturday in support of the homeless men currently living at the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side.

 

A vigil was held Saturday in support of the homeless men currently living at the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side.

 

The participants oppose a new plan to relocate the residents to the Wall Street area where the city is converting a hotel into a shelter.

People who live near the Lucerne have fought to have the homeless moved.

The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless object to the new plan.

Officials say there will be sufficient space at the new shelter for on-site services and it’s closer to their medical care at the original congregate shelter.

Right now, there is no timetable on when the move will occur.

 

 

The Lucerne Hotel has been the subject of controversy throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents have complained over the growing homeless population in Upper West Side neighborhoods, leading to protests.

Originally the city had planned to move the homeless from the Lucerne Hotel to other shelters, but earlier in September, they decided to pause that move.

 


 

Source: abc7ny.com

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