Adams wants New Yorkers to house migrants in ‘private residences’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has unveiled his latest plan to house incoming asylum seekers flooding the city: paying local homeowners and landlords to take them in. During a City Hall press conference on Monday, Adams said the move is the next step in the city’s efforts to address homelessness and house migrants. This comes just weeks after the administration announced a new plan to house single migrant men in 50 churches, mosques, and other houses of worship across the five boroughs. Currently, over 45,000 migrants reside in taxpayer-funded shelters and hotels, and with 2,200 new arrivals being tracked by the city last week, the crisis is estimated to exceed its $4.3 billion price tag.
What is Mayor Eric Adams proposing?
Mayor Eric Adams is proposing to pay local homeowners and landlords to take in migrants to ease the burden currently being put on taxpayer-funded shelters and hotels.
Why is this necessary?
New York City is experiencing an influx of incoming asylum seekers, and the current system of using taxpayer-funded shelters and hotel rooms is not sustainable.
How much will it cost?
City Hall estimates that housing migrants in private homes would cost around $125 per night, compared to the current cost of roughly $380 per night for a household in a converted hotel.
What is the current plan for housing migrants?
The current plan is to house single migrant men in 50 churches, mosques, and other houses of worship across the five boroughs.
How many migrants are currently residing in taxpayer-funded shelters and hotels?
Over 45,000 migrants are currently residing in taxpayer-funded shelters and hotels.
Is the crisis expected to get worse?
Yes, with 2,200 new arrivals being tracked by the city last week, the crisis is estimated to exceed its $4.3 billion price tag.
Adams’ proposal: New Yorkers to provide shelter for migrants in their own homes
New York mayor Eric Adams has suggested paying local homeowners and landlords to house asylum seekers as the city struggles to cope with a flood of migrants, revealing his plan at a press conference at City Hall on Monday. Adams has proposed housing single migrant men in churches, mosques and other houses of worship in the five boroughs, following an influx of over 72,000 people, 45,000 of whom are currently in taxpayer-funded emergency shelters and hotels. Adams said his administration hopes to move to private residences using the estimated $4.2 billion-$4.3 billion it anticipates spending on the crisis. While City Hall would have to overcome the “30-day rule” that prevents housing people in private homes, Adams said he hoped legislators would agree to bring illegal basement apartments up to code.