Welcome to our coalition of dedicated neighbors, extending from Central Park West to Riverside Drive and from West 60th street to West 110th street.
Our beloved community is filled with a rich history, world-renowned parks and museums, amazing restaurants and local businesses, nonprofit service organizations, houses of worship to accommodate any faith, and many highly rated public and private schools.
In May 2020, the City of New York, without any public input or discussion, began relocating over 700 individuals struggling with homelessness from properly equipped shelters to hotels without adequate support. Many of these individuals are mentally ill, struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and some are violent offenders on parole for crimes including sexual acts against children. The decisions to place these individuals in shelters in heavily residential areas and next door to elementary schools lacked any consideration or common sense. These individuals are not receiving the critical social and mental health services they so desperately require. This lack of planning is a disservice to these individuals and the community.
We have repeatedly reached out to our local officials for help, and have either received no response or condescending platitudes. Oftentimes, they have made personal attacks on our character. Our voices have been ignored.
Now is the time for action.
That’s why neighbors and friends have come together to form the West Side Community Organization. We are an unpaid, volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization who met virtually through the recently formed Facebook group, Upper West Siders for Safer Streets , which has grown to a community of nearly 10,000 concerned members. We are committed to preserving the qualities that make the Upper West Side a great place to live, work, raise a family and enjoy retirement. We refuse to accept that nothing can be done to solve these issues.
We must protect our children, while at the same time demand that the city provide real services to these struggling individuals. The current situation is not only unacceptable, it is inhumane.
The West Side Community Organization is a 501(c)4 not-for-profit social welfare organization. Donations are not tax-deductible. Your donation will help support our efforts to make our neighborhood safe again and restore our quality of life.
100% of all donations will go toward the retaining of professionals in the fields of communications, government relations and law.
Please learn more about our organization at www.westsideco.org . Additional information will be coming soon on how to become more involved.
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