Wagswoofs – Thousands of immigrant families living in New York City’s emergency shelter system may face a chilly and disheartening start to the New Year. While they are notified that they must leave as winter approaches, there is no guarantee that they will be relocated to another shelter to endure the cold season.
In October, NYC Mayor Eric Adams implemented a new order that restricts homeless migrant families with children from staying in public housing for more than 60 days. He believes that this action is necessary to relieve the pressure on the shelter system, which has been overwhelmed by the increasing number of asylum seekers entering the country through the southern U.S. border.
An Ecuadorian Mother With Two Young Children Was Forced To Spend Cold Nights Outside
Karina Obando, an Ecuadorian mother with two young children, finds herself in a tight spot. She has been residing in an abandoned hotel, but the clock is ticking, and she must find a new place to stay by January 5th. Time is running out for Karina and her family.
It is unclear where she will be placed next. Obando has the option to reapply for admission into the migrant shelter system after the deadline. However, it is important to note that placement may not happen right away. Currently, Obando’s 11-year-old child attends a school that is quite a distance from one of the large tent shelters in New York City. As a result, there is a possibility that her family may be relocated closer to that area in the near future.
Enacting a 60-Day Shelter Limit
Several towns in the US have implemented restrictions on the duration of stay for homeless migrant families in shelters. These towns have justified their actions based on various factors including the increasing costs, limited space availability, and the need to encourage individuals to either find their own housing or relocate elsewhere.
Chicago will start evicting residents in early January following the implementation of a 60-day shelter limit last month. Governor Maura Healey, a Democrat, has imposed a cap of 7,500 immigrant families residing in emergency shelters in Massachusetts.