On Friday, Mayor Eric Adams cut the time that adult migrants can remain at city-run shelters in half from 60 days to just 30 days. The move was made to better handle the steady stream of asylum seekers coming to the Big Apple.
Only adult migrants are impacted by this new policy. The rules for migrant families are unchanged.
“We appreciate the support we have received so far from our state and federal partners, but with more than 60,000 asylum seekers still in our care and without additional help, we will be forced to continue making difficult decisions,” Mayor Eric Adams said. “Today’s announcement is another step in our efforts to help asylum seekers take the next step in their journeys,” he added.
The city will provide “intensified casework services” during the shortened time period.
Migrants may reapply for shelter after the deadline passes but they would have to return to the Asylum Seeker Arrival Center to get back into the system; doing so could have them sent to other hotels upstate.
The city has already issued around 13,000 two-month eviction notices to migrants in the shelter system that will expire this week.