Immigrant Advocates Applaud Permanent Housing Reforms, Call for Further Inclusion of Asylum Seekers

New York, NY—Yesterday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a package of housing reforms intended to help unhoused individuals and families secure permanent housing. Included in these reforms are a range of changes to the City Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (CityFHEPS) housing voucher program intended to make the program easier and faster to access.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition said:

“We commend the City in expanding access to permanent housing as a positive and necessary step to relieve the pressure on our overburdened shelter system and ensure that all New York families have the long-term stability they need to thrive. Having a place to safely lay your head at night is essential to building all of the other components of a healthy, productive life. While this slate of reforms is necessary and long overdue, it is only a first step. The City must also make these programs, including a further expansion of the CityFEPS program, available to all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status to give asylum seekers and others a real chance at building new lives and fully integrating into our communities.”