New York City officials have reported that the number of migrants utilizing the city’s shelter system is now higher than the number of Americans who are homeless.
During a briefing on Wednesday, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom noted that over 100,000 people use the shelters, with more than 50,000 being migrants.
She expressed concern that this influx is unsustainable.
“You see from today’s numbers that we have reached a tipping point,” Williams-Isom said. “We now have more asylum seekers in our care than longtime New Yorkers … who were in our existing DHS system.”
“We all are facing a humanitarian crisis right here in the five boroughs,” Williams-Isom continued.
New York City has faced an overwhelming influx of migrants seeking asylum since Spring 2022. Over 81,200 have entered the city’s intake system, with an additional 2,500 entering just last week.
To support the wave of migrants, Mayor Eric Adams suggested housing them in private homes in the city and 176 sites and 12 Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers have been opened.
Deputy Mayor Williams-Isom is now calling on the federal government for financial aid and assistance to assist New York City in handling this crisis.
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