This holiday season, no matter the religious affiliation, it’s time for compassion. New Yorkers have come to expect empathy and brotherhood to be a shared culture of spirit as we interact this time of year.
Unfortunately, those values seem to be lost on organizations like the New York School of Urban Ministries (NYSUM). For Christmas this year, the NYSUM put an eviction notice in the Christmas stockings of the low-income residents at their Long Island City building and allotted them just over a month to pack up their things and relocate.
It is an absurd idea to render people homeless during Christmas in order to make room for a homeless shelter. This is a decision based on greed that only creates more homeless families. Please, Mr. Mayor, refuse to issue any license or funding for this entity. It becomes a revolving door, playing with these families and adding more homeless families on our streets – out one day as “tenants” and in another day as “sheltered residents.”
We commend those fighting for these families. We believe that it is a cause that is important for both the families who live there and for the very principles of the season. Until this situation sorts itself out, the families can consider the Queens Tribune an ally to their cause.