Spring Creek Settler's Park
Owner City of New York Established May 3, 2015
Purpose Settlement Relocation Temporary Housing
Status Active

Spring Creek Settler's Park is a temporary housing center set in what was once the Spring Creek public park; it lies along the Jamaica Bay shoreline, between Howard Beach in Queens and Spring Creek in Brooklyn. The park was created on landfilled former marshland, and much of it was previously an undeveloped nature preserve, with only small portions accessible to the public for recreation. When the Safe Zone was created, the park became home to tens of thousands of temporary shelters constructed by FEMA in association with SLC-Expressive engineers and fabricators from SESA. The park is now home to 12,000 Safe Zone immigrants waiting to be assigned permanent housing through a lottery system.

Spring Creek Settler's Park

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The state of New York has come under harsh criticism for the lack of appropriate security and law enforcement in these relocation centers, resulting in a high density of petty crimes. Current and former residents have complained of overly long wait periods (typically 3 to 4 months) between being assigned temporary housing and being set up with permanent housing through the resettlement lottery system.

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