Since last year, Mayor Eric Adams reported over 70,000 migrants have arrived in New York City. Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed over 9,000 migrants and El Paso bussed over 10,000 people to the City.
Adams stated there are about 40,000 migrants who still live in New York City.
Finding temporary shelter has been one of the mayor’s biggest tasks and he is running out of room. He is already thinking about moving some migrants into the spare room of people’s homes.
Now, Mayor Adams has another idea, and this time he is working with local religious leaders.
According to the press release on Monday, June 5, Mayor Adams said:
“No matter what faith you practice, caring for those in need is part of every spiritual tradition. As we continue to tackle this humanitarian crisis, I’m proud that through this new partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services, New York City’s faith community will be able to provide shelter to asylum seekers in need at houses of worship throughout the five boroughs. Not only will this increase the space we have by nearly 1,000 beds, but it will also connect asylum seekers with local communities. New York City continues to do all that we can to address this crisis, but we need additional assistance from other partners.”
Mayor Adams added:
"I would rather people be in houses of worship, where they are connected to people, community, care, and compassion, than being in a congregate setting that is not connected to those things."
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom added:
"Today’s announcement with houses of worship, NYDIS, and the city demonstrates the strength of this response to meet the ongoing need. Thank you to NYDIS and to the faith community for coming together with us in this work to support people seeking asylum."
What other ideas do you have on what Mayor Adams should do?