New York City has imposed a 60-day limit on shelter stays for migrant families with children in response to the unprecedented influx of asylum-seeking migrants.
This new measure follows Mayor Eric Adams’ earlier decision in July to set a 30-day limit for adult migrants after the city received more than 126,000 new asylum seekers since last year.
The city has declared that families with children seeking asylum will be given a 60-day notice to secure alternative accommodations.
Additionally, enhanced casework services will be provided to assist these migrant families in exploring diverse housing opportunities and advancing in their asylum processes.
City officials have revealed that they currently care for more than 64,000 migrants, with an intake averaging approximately 600 migrants daily – a number that’s doubled from last year.
In a statement, Mayor Adams shared, “For over a year, New York City has led the response to this national crisis, but significant additional resources, coordination, and support are needed from all levels of government.”
He continued, “With over 64,100 asylum seekers still in the city’s care and thousands more migrants arriving every week, expanding this policy to all asylum seekers in our care is the only way to help migrants take the next steps on their journeys.”
Adams emphasized that the new measures are an extension of the city’s ongoing efforts to offer notifications and enhanced casework services to adults in its care, aiming to transition them to different accommodations.
The Adams administration has also submitted a petition to the court to suspend the city’s long-standing right-to-shelter mandate, which requires the city to provide shelter services to any single men, women, or families in need.
The city’s legal team contends that the current obligations are “outmoded and cumbersome” and hamper the flexibility policymakers urgently need.
The city, in light of the ongoing migrant influx, projects its shelter expenses could surpass $12 billion over the next three fiscal years.
Emphasizing suspending the right-to-shelter policy, Adams remarked last week, “It is abundantly clear that the status quo cannot continue.”
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Anne Williams-Isom, emphasizing the 60-day shelter stay limit, stressed the necessity for innovative strategies.
She stated, “As we continue to respond to this ongoing humanitarian crisis and manage this unprecedented surge, we must continue to implement new strategies to relieve the pressure on our shelter system.”
Williams-Isom further asserted, “Without additional support from our federal partners, we have to use all of the tools available to us to manage this humanitarian crisis.”