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Hundreds of migrants wait hours in freezing NYC temps for an open shelter bed

Dicle Belul
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Migrant adults in New York City are facing difficulties finding shelter after their 30-day stay in the city's shelter system ends. They are now being sent to a former school in the East Village to reapply for housing, causing them to wait for hours in the cold. On Monday, the line outside the migrant processing center at St. Brigid School stretched down the street, with migrants enduring freezing temperatures. Mark Miller, an immigrant from Russia, expressed the feeling of being a "nobody" and not having human rights as an immigrant homeless person. The city began directing migrants who have received eviction notices to St. Brigid to reapply for temporary housing. Officials say this site will also assist migrants who have been kicked out of shelters to find new beds.

However, long lines and limited resources have resulted in some migrants being assigned temporary cots in emergency facilities or sent to a waiting room in the Bronx. Some migrants have been sleeping on the streets or in nearby parks while waiting for shelter placements. The struggles faced by migrant adults in New York City after their 30-day stay in the shelter system ends are deeply concerning. Forcing them to go through the arduous process of reapplying for housing at a former school in the East Village is not only inefficient but also highly distressing. The long lines of migrants waiting outside the processing center at St. Brigid School, enduring freezing temperatures, illustrate the dire conditions they face.

The plight of individuals like Mark Miller, who feel like "nobodies" without human rights as immigrant homeless people, highlights the urgency of addressing this issue. While the city claims that this site will assist migrants who have received eviction notices and help those who have been kicked out of shelters find new beds, the reality on the ground seems to be quite different. Limited resources and long waiting times have resulted in some migrants being assigned temporary cots or sent to overcrowded waiting rooms, exacerbating their already dire situations. It is heartbreaking to hear that some migrants are left with no option but to sleep on the cold streets or in nearby parks while waiting for shelter placements. This situation demands immediate attention and action from the authorities to ensure the well-being and dignity of these migrant individuals.

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https://gothamist.com/news/hundreds-of-migrants-wait-hours-in-freezing-nyc-temps-for-an-open-shelter-bed


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