NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced a new policy to create room for migrants with children, adult asylum seekers were given a 60 day notice to seek alternative housing. However, those who aren’t able to find a new home are given a chance to reapply.
Adams says that approximately around 300 to 500 migrants arrive everyday to the state, adding that they aren’t able to fully sustain them. The state has been relying on tents, terminals, a former police academy building, and other places to house these people.
Adams has previously seeked out help from the state and governments. HHS’ Deputy Mayor Anne Williams-Isom has said that adult asylum seekers who’ve spent a long time in these shelters will soon receive a 60 day notice.
60 Day Notice Challenges
Adams admits that he doesn’t want to increase the homeless crisis, but they have no choice as they cannot provide space even with HERRCs. He remains adamant with his decision despite challenges against the policy.
However, immigration advocates disagree and criticize the new policy. New York Immigration Coalition’s VP Murad Awawdeh argues that it doesn’t match with New York’s welcoming demeanor, and leaves many vulnerable and homeless.
In addition, some pointed out it violated 1981 court order, which states temporary housing should be given to the homeless. City Council Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala describes the policy as being inhumane.
Ayala understands the issues surrounding the lack of housing in the state, given they’ve barely received support from the federal government but cites the policy is still unfair. She’s sure this will cause an emergency hearing.
Both The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless mention that the state is obliged to provide shelter to protect individuals from the elements. City attorneys are facing lawyers from LAS and Steven Banks, former Department of SS Commissioner.