New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Friday announced a plan to provide temporary upstate housing for asylum seekers already in the city’s care.
The program for up to 300 single men seeking asylum lasts up to four months.
It will start with two hotels in Orange Lake and Orangeburg, with potential for expansion.
Asylum seekers receive the same city-funded services available at the Humanitarian Emergency and Response Centers.
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Hotel staff will connect residents with community-based organizations and faith groups.
Now the city is conducting contacts with asylum seekers already living in emergency shelters and humanitarian aid centers ahead of the hotels opening in the coming weeks. Transfers to the cities are voluntary.
The mayor’s office said the hotels will help free up additional space in New York City for the hundreds of asylum seekers who continue to arrive in the five boroughs each day, noting that Title 42 is being repealed and that an even bigger one Influx is expected arrivals after May 11th.
More than 60,800 asylum seekers have passed through New York City since last spring, and there are currently over 37,500 asylum seekers in the city’s care.
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In addition, since the humanitarian crisis began, the city has opened 122 hotels as emergency shelters and eight as humanitarian aid centers.
Adams in a statement again called for state and federal support, including financial aid, a national decompression strategy, expedited work permits and real immigration reform.
“Although New York City has called for a national decompression strategy and a statewide decompression strategy since last year, New York City remains without the necessary support to manage this crisis. With a guidance vacuum, we are now forced to execute our own decompression strategy,” Adams said in a statement.
He said the program would help people build stable lives in New York.
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“New York City continues to strengthen and navigate this crisis, and this new program is an extension of our compassionate response, but these actions don’t mean we still don’t need urgent action, including a national decompression strategy, financial resources, expedited work permits and a real immigration reform from Congress,” Adams added.
The mayor has already been criticized for the move, with Republican officials saying the region lacks necessary services for the asylum seekers and migrant advocates calling it a “temporary fix.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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