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The Bowery Mission Blames DHS for Obnoxious New Policy

November 17, 2014

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Message Type: Complaint
Topic: Other
Contact Info: Yes
M/M: Mr.
First Name: Scott
Middle Name: A
Last Name: Hutchins
Company: The Bowery Mission
Street Address: 45-51 Avenue D
Address Number: 306
City: New York
State: NY
Postal Code: 10019
Country: United States
Work Phone #:
Email Address: scottandrewhutchins@yahoo.com
Message: This shelters previous policy was letting us sign for our beds at the front lobby. In the past few days, they instated a new policy of knocking on our doors after 10, and sometimes late at night knocking or opening our doors while we are sleeping. The catch is that they insist that DHS has ordered them to do this, and that DHS staffers are involved in this. This directly contradicts statements Lorraine Stephens made on her visit to Picture the Homeless on October 17. I was sitting right next to her, and HRA punished me for doing so. She stated that curfew issues were on the shelter and not on DHS, and that DHS enforces no 10 PM curfew. The shelter says the opposite. I would love to see Ms. Stephens or one of the staff come to the shelter at a time when the residents are there and tell the staff and residents just what DHS policy is.

This shelter’s previous policy was letting us sign for our beds at the front lobby. In the past few days, they instated a new policy of knocking on our doors after 10, and sometimes late at night knocking or opening our doors while we are sleeping. The catch is that they insist that DHS has ordered them to do this, and that DHS staffers are involved in this. This directly contradicts statements Lorraine Stephens made on her visit to Picture the Homeless on October 17. I was sitting right next to her, and HRA punished me for doing so. She stated that curfew issues were on the shelter and not on DHS, and that DHS enforces no 10 PM curfew. The shelter says the opposite. I would love to see Ms. Stephens or one of the staff come to the shelter at a time when the residents are there and tell the staff and residents just what DHS policy is.

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