Dozens of migrant families have begun to vacate the Row NYC hotel in Manhattan as part of Mayor Eric Adams’ strategy to alleviate pressure on the overcrowded shelters in New York City. With a 60-day limit on shelter stays, about 40 families are the first whose rights of residence have expired, marking the beginning of a process that will involve dozens more in the coming weeks.
Some families, upon leaving the Row NYC hotel, immediately filed requests for new accommodations, while others claimed to have secured more stable housing outside the shelter system.
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Mayor Eric Adams imposed restrictions last October for homeless migrant families, arguing that it was necessary to relieve an overwhelmed shelter system due to asylum seekers crossing the southern border of the United States.
Mayor Adams has warned for weeks that no guarantee is given to those requesting new locations. However, he assures that priority will be given to families and efforts will be made to place them near their children’s schools to minimize the impact on their education.
Migrant advocates have organized protests, arguing that the new policy could force families to endure long lines in the cold to secure new shelters, similar to the situation of solo migrants since the end of last year.
So far, around 4,800 eviction notices have been sent to migrant families in shelters. Meanwhile, the eviction of the hotel coincided with the temporary evacuation of nearly 2,000 migrants housed at Floyd Bennett Field in anticipation of a storm. The Adams government had established this temporary shelter in response to waves of new migrants arriving in the city.
“To be clear, this relocation is a proactive measure being taken as a precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of the people working and living in the center,” said Kayla Mamelak, spokesperson for Adams.
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