“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,” Adams said.
Religious leaders have offered up 50 faith-based locations to help house asylum seekers overnight across the five boroughs as part of a new two-year partnership with the New York Disaster Interfaith Services.
As part of the program, the city will also open five daytime centers to provide migrant support during the day to allow the faith-based spaces to continue to offer their normal services to New Yorkers.
The city is currently bursting at the seams to house 45,900 asylum seekers in 157 emergency sites set up across the five boroughs.
The influx of asylum seekers is happening, in part, due to Republican governors of southern border states are transporting thousands of migrants to Democratic-led cities in protest of current Biden administration’s immigration policies.
“This influx of asylum seekers the serious crisis, one that New York City is facing largely on our own,” Hizzoner said. “It’s unfair and it’s not right.”
Adams said the Big Apple has so far spent $1.2 billion but the federal government has only forked out less than $40 million to help cover the costs.
He stressed the current situation is not sustainable and added that “we need real immigration reform.”