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DHS official goes silent on proposed shelter, record homeless numbers as PIX11 cameras start rolling

NEW YORK CITY -- For the second night in a row, the Department of Homeless Services was on the defensive dealing with frustrated city residents and a proposed shelter in their neighborhood.

The focus of the Community Board 5 meeting in Flatiron, was DHS and Breaking Ground (an outreach provider) working together to move a shelter into the neighborhood at the site of what the Huffington Post described back in 2012 as the city's Grossest Sex Hotel.

A DHS Assistant Commissioner told the crowd the shelter, "is basically a stabilization site which we are using to get folks in off the streets so they can get access to services."

Residents at Thursday night's meeting say it is simply Mayor de Blasio and DHS conducting business as usual, "I think it's typical of the administration we have in the city. I won't use the language I feel like using, but that's how I feel. We have no vote."

Watch the video as PIX11's Mario Diaz tried to speak with the senior ranking DHS official as to why the residents feel they have no say as well as the record homeless number of 59,477 posted by DHS on Thursday.