On behalf of the men at the Help USA shelter at 237 West 107th Street, we invite you to donate clothing and other items that will help them get through the winter and prepare for new jobs.
They would appreciate seasonally appropriate men’s clothing in good condition:
In addition, your donations of books will help start a library in the shelter’s lounge areas.
Please bring your donations directly to the shelter’s front desk.
Thank you for contributing to the betterment of all residents of our block!
We are pleased to announce the formation of a Community Advisory Board for the Help USA shelter at 237 West 107th Street.
Members of the block association will meet regularly with the shelter's director, executives of Help USA, and our NYPD sector officers, as well as representatives of Community Board 7, the Department of Social Services, and elected officials such as Gale Brewer and Mark Levine.
Our goals are to develop a productive partnership and to work together to improve conditions on our block for all who live here.
Many residents have expressed concern about quality-of-life issues on our block, including noise disturbances, congregating and loitering, smoking and drinking, as well as harassment and rudeness.
Let’s join together and raise our voices to inform the police of every such incident as it occurs, so they can monitor the block closely and patrol more frequently.
Our sector officers are Henry Lopez and Shantal Melendez. They specifically are responsible for our neighborhood and should be your point of contact if you wish to report a disturbance of any kind. Not only will that enable them to develop a comprehensive understanding of the issues, but they often can respond more quickly than the 24th Precinct or 911. Please copy their contact information to your phones and address books, so you can easily find it. The more we communicate, the better our sector officers can serve our community.
Officer Henry Lopez
Officer Shantal Melendez
Goddard Riverside, a nonprofit community service organization, has acquired 235 West 107th Street. Plans are to develop the property, originally a 95-unit SRO, and to preserve its past use as permanent affordable housing, creating about 82 units for single people. Forty percent of the units will be affordable low-income housing and 60 percent will be permanent supportive housing for a mixed population of people exiting homelessness. Goddard will provide on-site social services and case management, including nursing, psychiatric care, wellness, and social programming, as well as 24-hour security and a front desk staffed around the clock. The building will undergo significant renovation before transitioning to its new use in 2023, and the seven SRO tenants who currently reside at 235 will be permitted to stay permanently. Learn more about Goddard's plans and programs at www.goddard.org. (June 2021)
In the wake of Sanitation Department cutbacks, we are organizing volunteers to pick up the trash littering our tree pits, sidewalks, and gutters. Help make the community shine by committing to help clean up our block a day a week, every other week, or once a month. Supplies—trash bags, gloves, brooms, and trash grabbers—will be provided to all volunteers. If you would like to join the Clean Team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (April 2021)
See a tag? Now there's an easy way to let the city know about it. The New York Police Department has established an email address for tips about graffiti needing removal. Mail photos of the graffiti with location information to Graffiti@nypd.org. “If graffiti is observed, report it to us,” Lt. Anthony Lavino told the West Side Rag. “If that information isn’t related to us, we may not know about it.” (April 2021)