NEW YORK (PIX11) — On the Upper West Side, it is anticipated that by the end of this month, a brand-new safe haven will be operational and ready for visitors.
Nonetheless, there are some inhabitants of the neighborhood who are worried. They made their statements on Wednesday during a rally.
Some residents of West 83rd Street are so upset about the safe haven on that street that they poured water on the chalk welcome signs that were posted outside the building. Why? They mentioned that the proximity to a school, which is direct across the street, is one of the reasons.
Maria Danilo, the executive director of One City Rising, stated that despite the fact that they refer to it as a safe haven, the location does not provide any sense of security.
Officials from the city stated that persons in need of a safe haven in this community do not have access to a place of its kind. The facility on 83rd Street has long served as a shelter, but one that has been run by a variety of organizations and adhered to a wide range of policies.
But, by the end of the month, it will be a safe haven with “low barrier” entry requirements. Residents are not subject to a curfew, and there is no requirement to have a background check in order to live there. The New York State Sexual Offender Registry will be reviewed against each referral that is received.