In a statement, Holden said elected officials met with officials from the mayor’s office, Department of Homeless Services (DHS), and representatives from Westhab at City Hall on February 28 about the situation at 78-16 Cooper Avenue.
The Glendale lawmaker said he learned that there are now 23 men living in the Cooper Avenue shelter.
He noted that the city can place up to 50 men in the facility before having their contract finalized by the comptroller’s office.
DHS and Westhab intend to eventually house 200 men in the shelter.
“I also made it very clear that I believe the DHS is acting illegally and that I will not accept this,” Holden said in a statement. “As long as the DHS continues to refuse to work with our community, I will continue to pursue every avenue to block their unlawful actions.”
The Glendale-Middle Village Coalition’s Article 78 proceeding to halt the shelter was denied by a judge in February, but the group is planning to file an appeal.
The group has also been working on a legal challenge to the Department of Buildings over the site’s zoning and uses.