A local volunteer gardening group said they find syringes and human waste in Juan Pablo Duarte Square.
New York City homeless shelters now house 54,841 people, including 23,000 children, records show.
The new protocol is one of many changes, according to an internal memo obtained by DNAinfo.
Residents were sent to watch "How to Train Your Dragon 2" as 550 people protested Pan Am shelter.
DHS shot back, criticizing pols who "choose to distort the facts" as number of homeless families swells.
Elmhurst children yelled "shame on you" outside the newly opened Pan Am shelter.
Members of the activist group Picture the Homeless crowded a community precinct meeting Wednesday.
The owner of the building also owns other shelters across the city.
The 24th Precinct plans to conduct more raids to find residents with outstanding warrants.
Half of Freedom House's 400 homeless residents will be removed by Nov. 1.
The shelter, on Eighth Avenue and 14th Street, houses mentally ill, chemically addicted women.
The Department of Homeless Services says it will look at converting part of the Sumner Armory.
Local officials have called for an investigation into the proposed shelter at 165 W. Ninth St.
The city council will decide whether to legalize a building used as a shelter without the proper permits.
A new CityBench at 10th Avenue and 46th Street has become a magnet for the homeless, locals say.
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