Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has issued a letter to Lilliam Barrio-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services, concerning the lack of community notification and community input regarding the siting of homeless shelters in The Bronx.

The letter specifically mentions the recent decision by the Department of Homeless Services to bring a family shelter to the former Capri Whitestone Motel, located at 555 Hutchinson River Parkway, despite both the area’s lack of amenities and numerous economic development projects that have taken a foothold in the surrounding communities.

“Again, I am not opposed to sheltering our homeless families, but I am opposed to sheltering them at this site,” states Borough President Diaz in the letter.

The complete letter can be read here: