A homeless shelter set up in a private Rocky Point home has been relocated after outcry from nearby residents.
The shelter, which was run by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, was put in place without notice to the town according to a statement released by Brookhaven town. Councilwoman Jane Bonner said she was made aware of the issue after receiving complaints from residents.
Town building department officials investigated the rental home on Nautilis Drive last week and noted several code violations including having the living room converted illegally to a bedroom. Officials said the owner does not live in the home.
“Our county officials need to be more responsive to the needs of the community when homeless shelters like this are being considered, especially in residential neighborhoods,” said Bonner.
The homeowner was issued eight appearance tickets including building withut a permit, failure to submit a rental registration, no certificate of occupancy and parking on the front lawn.
“This should have never happened in the first place, but there seems to be a disconnect with the county when it comes to making decisions like this and doing what is best for the community,” said Bonner.