Haley Brown et al., New York Post, June 5, 2023
Mayor Eric Adams now wants to start paying every day New Yorkers to shelter migrants in their own homes – as the Big Apple struggles to find beds for the thousands of asylum seekers still flooding into the city.
In his latest attempt to battle the ongoing migrant crisis, Adams on Monday floated a half baked “private residence” plan, which could possibly see local homeowners getting compensation to put up asylum seekers.
Hizzoner put forward the proposal as he revealed religious leaders had agreed to start housing adult male migrants overnight at 50 places of worship scattered across the five boroughs next month.
“There are residents who are suffering right now because of economic challenges. They have spare rooms. They have locales,” the mayor said, arguing his private residence proposal could put money back in the pockets of taxpayers.
Adams didn’t offer up specifics on how the plan would work – including how much New Yorkers could potentially receive per night to cover the cost of hosting a migrant. A spokesperson also did not respond when asked if the mayor would take in migrants at his home in Brooklyn.
He did say, however, that the city would pay places of worship a nightly rate of about $125 for each asylum seeker – which is cheaper than the $380 it costs to put up a migrant household – including a family with kids or just single adults – in one of its shelter hotels.
If the private residence plan went ahead, it could mean New Yorkers are being paid more to host a migrant than a foster parent is given to raise a child in the Empire State.
The state currently pays a daily allowance of $40 for children aged over 12 years, according to the Office of Children and Family Services.
Some homeowners were quick to rip the mayor’s plan as “nuts” and half-baked given the scarcity of details.
“It would be absolute bedlam,” Park Slope resident Zainab Jah told The Post.
Her partner, Tim Naylor, who has owned their townhouse for 24 years, added migrants shouldn’t be getting a “free ride” when many New Yorkers “cannot afford a decent place of their own.”
“Even if it was worth it to homeowners, the city shouldn’t be spending our money on that kind of crap. You have enough New Yorkers who can barely afford to live,” he said.
“Before you know it we’re going to get flooded with even more migrants.”
The city is currently bursting at the seams to house 45,900 asylum seekers in the 157 emergency sites set up across the five boroughs.
Roughly 2,200 migrants arrived at city shelters in the last week alone, according to City Hall.