Posted on April 12, 2023

NYC Wants $650M From Feds to Help Alleviate Financial Crisis After Welcoming 90 Migrants Each Day

Bernadette Hogan, New York Post, April 10, 2023

The Big Apple has taken in an average of 90 migrants each day since July of last year, a crisis that has caused city spending to balloon and forced Mayor Eric Adams to slash other agencies’ budgets {snip}

Approximately 32,000 migrants are now living in city taxpayer-funded housing {snip}

OMB Director Jacques Jiha warned the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Response and Recovery (ORR) that the city “cannot shoulder an ongoing massive and unexpected burden on its own without substantial risk to its financial stability.”

Jiha asked ORR assistant administrator Melissa Forbes for the entire $350 million in its migrant assistance pot – plus an extra $300 million – to plug the $654 million hole sustained by the city on housing and providing services to migrants between July 1, 2022 and Feb. 28 2023.

However, that amount would be a mere down payment if Jiha’s prediction that the expense will grow to $1.4 billion by June 30 — and $4.3 billion by the end of 2024 — comes true.

So far, Gotham has only received a paltry $8 million in federal funding to date after an initial $1 billion request.


So far the Biden administration has not promised to grant additional funding and Gov. Hochul’s state budget proposal pledged $1 billion in migrant aid over two years – still a fraction of Jiha’s estimated costs.


The crisis is also now costing the city roughly $383 a night per household – which includes families with kids, adult couples and single migrants – a $20 per diem increase from a previous estimate given by city Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol, which added up to a total of around $4.6 million a day.