shocking! migrants face eviction from new york city shelters
Amid the migrant crisis in New York City, migrant families living in the city’s emergency shelter system have been facing eviction. With winter holidays setting in, migrants are being told they need to clear out their rooms.
Migrants and their children were limited to 60 days in city housing under an order issued by Eric Adams, mayor of New York City. Several migrants confessed that they are being told to get out of the New York City asylum seeker shelters.
According to a report by VOA, Karina Obando, a 38-year-old woman from Ecuador, has been given time until January 5 to get out of the former hotel where she has been staying with her two young children. As holiday approaches, the hotel rooms will be used to accommodate guests.
Migrant crisis in New York City
Amid the migrant crisis, an 11-year-old migrant boy died after he was found unresponsive at a hotel used as a migrant shelter. Police did not suspect foul play. Initial investigation suggested that the boy committed suicide.
His death has shocked the city. New York Upper West Side Council Member Gale Brewer called his death “devastating.” He said, “It is devastating to lose a child, not only for the family, but for the community at the hotel.”
Over the last few years, more than 100,000 migrants from all over the world have come to New York City. They have faced various difficulties at the migrant shelter. As more migrants arrive in New York City, the shelter system in the city is overstuffed.
In October, Eric Adams announced a 60-day limit on how long migrant families can stay at any migrant shelter in the city. Later on, the mayor’s office said those migrants will receive extensions through January. Around 3,500 families have been issued notices so far.
Kayla Mamelak, a spokesperson for Adams, said, “We’re doing everything in our power to treat families as humanly as possible.”
The FDNY (Fire Department of the City of New York) closed a migrant shelter near Penn Station in Midtown in October because of a faulty fire alarm system. More than 100 migrants were displaced because of the decision.
Influx of migrants poses a challenge for the city.