On a Saturday in May, amid a dispute over New York City's new strategy for handling an intensifying problem, the first busses arrived and dropped off passengers at a hotel in the town of Newburgh.
As the number of shelter beds for asylum seekers increased, the city had to resort to using upstate motels as a way to accommodate those in need of extra room. It planned to relocate up to 2,200 refugees to 14 hotels spread over seven counties in the next weeks, but the project was put on hold while the city battled lawsuits from local government representatives and ran short of hotels ready to serve as makeshift shelters.
In Contrast To The Terrifying Scenarios
The hubbub has subsided six months after the initial deliveries at The Crossroads Hotel in Newburgh, despite the suits continuing to be worn. In contrast to the terrifying scenarios that opposition leaders imagined, the city's stalled relocation effort has settled into something more regular, even undetectable, and longer-lasting than it initially seemed.
It is difficult to assess the local impact. Local taxpayers have not been burdened with charges because the city continues to cover the price of lodging, food, and other expenses for the migrants under its care. Asylum-seeking individuals, couples, and families are housed in seven motels in the Hudson Valley; at least, no significant crimes or issues have been reported there.
The Frequent Visitors To Various Hotels
They have established themselves as frequent visitors to various hotels, staying mostly hidden from everyone but supporting networks and advocacy organizations. Volunteers are still preparing meals, delivering clothes donations, and doing anything they can to support their new neighbors even after six months.
According to the most recent tallies, the number of asylum seekers lodged in hotels spanning from Yonkers to Rochester has decreased to about 2,000, or about 3% of the almost 66,000 asylum seekers currently in the city's care. $170 per room, per night, is paid for by the city.