- A person at a NYC homeless shelter was trapped in an elevator for as much as 4 days, the New York Put up studies.
- Residents have complained about insufficient and harmful amenities on the shelter.
- The house is one among 24 run by HELP USA, a nonprofit chaired by Andrew Cuomo’s sister Maria Cuomo Cole.
One man dwelling at a New York Metropolis homeless shelter the place residents have raised purple flags about satisfactory amenities turned trapped in an elevator there for a number of days, according to reporting in the New York Post.
The shelter, HELP Meyer Psychological Well being + Shelter positioned on Wards Island, is one among a community of 24 in New York Metropolis, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas run by HELP USA, a nonprofit chaired by Maria Cuomo Cole, the sister of ex-Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.
In response to the FDNY, the resident was rescued by the hearth division final Sunday at 10 a.m. and brought to the hospital in critical however not life-threatening situation.
Sources advised the New York Put up that the delay could have been as a lot as 4 days lengthy and that the resident turned severely dehydrated. The FDNY stated the person spent “some time” ready for assist to reach.
HELP USA didn’t instantly repond to Insider’s request for remark.
Residents at HELP Meyer advised the New York Put up that elevators within the constructing, the place the shelter occupies flooring six by way of eight, are persistently delayed, and outages have brought on issues and pose dangers for residents who in lots of circumstances are unable to make use of the steps.
Residents have spoken out earlier than concerning the unsafe dwelling situations on the Manhattan shelter run by HELP USA, which has a five-year, $63.7 million contract with New York Metropolis’s Division of Homeless Providers that runs by way of 2023, according to comptroller data.
This August, Curbed published an investigation detailing the shortage of air air flow inside HELP Meyer, significantly necessary throughout New York’s sizzling summers and one thing made all of the extra necessary with the outbreak of COVID-19.
In 2019, The City published a report detailing frigid temperatures at HELP Meyer and constructing code violations at three different HELP amenities positioned on Wards Island.
And in 2016, the New York Every day Information reported on violence occurring in one other HELP shelter in Brownsville, Brooklyn, included home abuse circumstances.
In response to the New York Put up, HELP stated that accountability for elevator upkeep and emergency calls lies with the New York State Workplace of Psychological Well being, which leases the area.
In response to the state company, it was “not advised that the maintenance company was servicing the elevator or taking it off-line on the date in question.”
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