New homeless shelter in Valhalla opens to controversy

Nearly 70 homeless people in Westchester have a new place to call home just in time for the holidays. However, the shelter at the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla didn?t open without controversy.

Volunteers of America helped move residents to the new county-run shelter since the one operating in Yorktown closed after 13 years. The shelter at the airport also recently closed. The new facility will have counseling and training so residents can become self sufficient.

However, residents living a half mile from the shelter in a neighborhood populated with children are not happy about the facility. Residents say they don?t know if the people are ex-convicts or sex offenders and fear they can easily enter their neighborhoods. A spokesperson for the shelter says there is security around the facility so residents shouldn?t be concerned.

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