Immigrant Advocates Call for Permanent Housing, Not Time Limits on Shelter Stays

New York, NY—Today, NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced that the City will begin imposing a 60-day limit for how long people can stay in shelters.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:

“Getting people into permanent housing needs to be the number one priority and solution to freeing up space in the City’s overburdened shelter system. But today, Mayor Eric Adams offered yet another short-sighted half-measure by placing unnecessary bureaucratic burdens on vulnerable New Yorkers – instead of offering real solutions that will allow asylum seekers, and all New Yorkers, to build safe and stable lives in the communities they live in. This is a bad policy that will be directly responsible for leaving families homeless and living on the streets. The new rule is an abhorrent end run on our right to shelter laws, and does not reflect the welcoming values of New York City. This administration is stubbornly resistant to the comprehensive housing solutions recently passed by the City Council, which ultimately are more cost-effective and humane, and recognize the need to build supports to transition people into permanent housing using CityFHEPS vouchers.”