According to reporting by New York Post, New York City Mayor Eric Adams asked residents to welcome tens of thousands of migrants arriving in the five boroughs, going as far as offering ideas to homeowners and landlords to accommodate them.
On Monday (June 4), in a press conference, Adams announced a two-year partnership with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) that will allow up to 50 places of worship or faith-based spaces to provide overnight shelter for up to 19 single adult men.
The city is also opening five offsite day centers to offer programs and support to asylum seekers during the day when faith-based facilities can resume their normal operations.
“No matter what faith you practice, caring for those in need is part of every spiritual tradition,” Adams said in the press release, expressing pride in the partnership addressing the “humanitarian crisis,” and the opportunity for New York’s faith community to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers in need at services in the five boroughs.
Adam revealed his vision was “to take the next step” by moving the initiative to private residences.
He described taking the $4.2 billion in the budget and putting it “back into the pockets of everyday New Yorkers” and places of worship rather than corporations.
Adam made the announcement in partnership with faith-based organizations, proposing the idea of eventually housing thousands of immigrants in private homes and paying landlords and homeowners.
“We should be recycling our dollars,” Adams added, suggesting that they should turn to opportunities to solve the crisis.