CORONA, New York, Jan. 10, 2020 — Council Member Francisco Moya called for an investigation into the security and safety practices at The Landing homeless shelter after twin infants were discovered unresponsive there Friday afternoon and subsequently pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital. The Landing is a temporary family homeless shelter in East Elmhurst that serves about 170 families and is operated by CAMBA.
“My heart breaks for the loss of these children, a boy and a girl who were just two-months-old and had their entire lives ahead of them,” said Council Member Francisco Moya. “This tragedy marks the second and third deaths tied to The Landing in just two months. With shelter should come safety but residents and neighbors of The Landing have concerns and deserve answers about what is happening inside the facility. That’s why I’m calling for a full investigation into the security practices at this shelter. Additionally, I want to know what CAMBA, which operates the shelter, is doing to keep residents and neighbors safe.”