Councilwoman tours Hollis shelter following asylum seeker’s suicide


While the city grapples with a wave of more than 13,000 asylum seekers that have overwhelmed the shelter system in recent months, Councilwoman Linda Lee toured the Hollis Family Shelter at 21-05 Jamaica Ave. to learn more about the living conditions at the facility after a young mother from Colombia committed suicide on Sept. 18.

As chair of the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addictions, Lee sought answers as to why Leidy Paola Martinez Villalobos, 32, took her own life, leaving behind a 15-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister after they were separated from their father at the Arizona border in April.