New York, NY—Today, the Adams administration announced that single adult men asylum seekers who apply for the first time, or who reapply for shelter after their previous 60-day limit, will have a 30-day limit for their shelter placement.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
“Staying in a shelter is nobody’s idea of home, but rather a necessity until unhoused individuals and families can get on their feet. Instead of complicating an already arduous system— Mayor Adam’s should instead alleviate the shelter crisis by getting both long-term shelter residents and asylum seekers into permanent housing using CityFHEPS vouchers, which will ultimately save the city $3 billion dollars per year. Doubling down on bad ideas, and making vulnerable people jump through bureaucratic hoops in order to wear them down is just cold-hearted – and does nothing to solve our shelter crisis. This is not the type of leadership we expect from the Mayor of New York City.”