"We don't like the term welfare hotel," said Robert Mascali, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services.
"We have 7,000 families in our system - a record number - and we were happy to get this building.
"It could have been in Queens or The Bronx; location had nothing to do with it," he
added."We have them all over the city, including [one] in Chelsea."Mascali
department is under a court order to provide a homeless family with shelter within 24 hours after intake.
"We're desperate for as much capacity as we can get," he
called the Aladdin a "good hotel" with social services on-site.