Department of Homeless Services in NYC investigating anonymous bed bug call

by nobugsonme on August 27, 2009 · 4 comments

in bed bugs

The Department of Homeless Services at 33 Beaver Street in New York City is investigating a claim that the building has bed bugs.

An anonymous caller told NY1 that workers on eight floors of the Department of Homeless Services building on Beaver Street have been getting bitten by insects since Monday.

However, the DHS told NY1 news that while they’re looking into the issue, “No DHS employee has reported bites received from our building.”

It seems strange that an anonymous caller would be aware of workers being bitten on eight floors but that not one of those workers would file a complaint with their employer.

If anyone at DHS is being bitten at work, now’s the time to mention it to the boss!

See: NY1 | 24 Hour Local News | Top Stories | DHS Squashes Bed Bug Claims.

1 never_again August 27, 2009 at 11:50 pm

From the afflicted point of view an anonymous call is someones safest way. Most bottom line government job’s aren’t well-paid, especially if the employee is housed by the government. People who are that dependent on the same organization for money and housing might not want to rock the boat personally, but someone did publicly whether they live there or not. Furthermore, closely dealing with the homeless and shelters is probably a higher risk of exposure to BB.

No complaints were made, but were households asked personally?

2 nobugsonme August 28, 2009 at 1:38 am


Yes– it is true this may be a legitimate complaint. But it is hard to know how an individual would have the knowledge that people on eight different floors were being bitten by bed bugs. Perhaps they are in a position that makes them aware of many different complainants, perhaps not. It seems like we’re not getting the whole story.

At the very least, I would encourage others experiencing this problem to make anonymous calls, since multiple such complaints will be more useful than one.

It is absolutely true that any office building can become infested. One which may have visitors who work in services to the homeless is probably more susceptible to bed bugs than many others.

3 DIANE ROBINSON September 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Thank you for your concerns about beg bugs in the dorms. Women Shelters
This has been an great opportunity to write about safety and cleaningness
in the Women Shelters.
This 3 year wait and search for family housing has been the top priority of
this life. Please donot block me and my own family in any more housing in
NYC because of other persons criminal background.

4 nobugsonme September 23, 2009 at 2:35 am

Hi Diane,

My understanding is this concern was about bed bugs having potentially infested an office building of Department of Homeless Services employees.

We do not hear much about bed bugs in the city shelters. I do not doubt there are problems there. I wish you and your family all the best. I hope you’re in secure permanent housing soon (if you aren’t yet).

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