Midtown’s Renwick Hotel To Be Converted Into Homeless Shelter | Midtown, NY Patch

(PATCH) Nick Garber, November 28, 2020

A historic Midtown hotel will be converted into a shelter for unhoused families next month, representatives from the city and shelter providers told a neighborhood community board this week.

The former Renwick Hotel at 118 East 40th St. will become an adult family shelter, open to 170 homeless families without minor children. The city aims to open the shelter by Dec. 15, representatives from the Department of Homeless Services said Monday during a Community Board 6 committee meeting.

Monday’s presentation attracted intense interest, with more than 200 participants joining the meeting at one point. The Renwick shelter will be permanent, unlike the temporary hotel shelters that the city has created to reduce crowding during the pandemic, and which have set off an intense backlash in neighborhoods like the Upper West Side.