Lander calls for end of migrant shelter limits as thousands continue to pour in each month

New York Metropolis Comptroller Brad Lander known as for the tip of the Adams administration’s caps on shelter stays for migrants — whereas 1000’s nonetheless pour into the Massive Apple every month.

“This isn’t a coverage designed or carried out to assist households obtain secure housing and self-sufficiency and combine into our metropolis,” Lander mentioned Thursday outdoors the Roosevelt Lodge.

“It was a coverage designed to churn folks by a system, to topic them to screening after screening, and to push them out of the shelter system with no regard for the place they landed, with no regard for the influence on their children’ training and with no regard for his or her precise path to secure housing, employment and self-sufficiency.”

New York Metropolis Comptroller Brad Lander known as for an finish to the cap on shelter stays for migrants throughout a press convention outdoors the Row Lodge on Could 9, 2024. LP Media

The town’s accountant railed towards the restrict for asylum-seeking households in entrance of the town’s welcome heart, citing his workplace’s five-month investigation into the police enacted earlier this 12 months by Mayor Eric Adams, who has touted the coverage as a key measure and serving to migrants exit the town’s shelter system.

Greater than half of the households within the metropolis’s care had moved on from shelters as of final month with the administration crediting the 60-day restrict as the primary driver as metropolis staffers labored with households to make sure they have been getting correct housing.

Simply over 10,000 households, made up of 19,497 adults and 18,149 children, have been given a 60-day discover as of April 28, in accordance with the comptroller’s workplace.

Fifty-one % of these households have left the town’s shelters, the info confirmed.

In keeping with the comptroller’s workplace, the town gave a 60-day discover to over 10,000 households on April 28. LP Media

For the previous few months between 1,200 and 1,500 new asylum seekers have arrived every week, a major dip from the final 12 months’s highs when that tally neared 4,000 over some seven-day stretches.

On the identical time, the variety of migrants within the metropolis’s care has held regular at round 65,000, in accordance with figures from Metropolis Corridor.

The comptroller’s investigation into the household restrict criticized the administration for a “haphazard” rollout of the coverage with little data offered to workers or households on exemptions for reapplying for shelter.

The probe additionally discovered that the town’s “intensive case administration” to help households exiting the shelters fell in need of making the migrants self-sufficient.

Migrants ready to enter a shelter on Randall’s Island on April 9, 2024. AP Photograph/Andres Kudacki

“Past the cruelty of the coverage, our investigation discovered vital administration flaws in how Metropolis Corridor is administering these evictions and the way poorly they’re monitoring outcomes,” Lander mentioned, including, “Our Metropolis can accomplish that a lot better.” 

Along with his name for the tip of the boundaries, Lander advisable extra case administration and training for the asylum seekers within the metropolis’s care and monitoring its effectiveness in acquiring everlasting and work authorizations for migrants.

Calls to Metropolis Corridor in regards to the investigation weren’t instantly returned.


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