In light of the continued weekly influx of thousands of asylum seekers from the Caribbean and other regions, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced the opening of the city’s 12th Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center.
According to Adams, 1760 Third Avenue in Manhattan will soon open as a humanitarian relief center to help more than 500 families seeking refuge.
It will offer a variety of services and make sure the families can get to where they’re going, if it’s not New York City.
Venezuelans, Cubans, and Haitians make up a large portion of the asylum applicants crossing the southern border of the United States and arriving in New York City.
Mayor Adams stated that New York City continues to go above and beyond what any other city or level of government is doing to handle this national catastrophe.
“With over 50,000 asylum seekers currently in our care and a total of over 81,200 asking us for care since last spring,” Mayor Adams added.
“While we continue to provide for the needs of visitors to New York, the federal government’s assistance is urgently needed as the number of asylum seekers rises.
“This 12th Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center will provide over 500 households with a place to stay, access support, and get to their final destination,” he continued.
According to him, the center reflects the city’s dedication to upholding its commitments while also doing so with consideration, compassion, and respect for every individual.
“However, our community cannot continue to bear an unfair share of the burden for what we recognize to be a national issue.
In order to relieve the pressure being felt by several big cities across the nation, particularly New York City, the federal government needs to offer extra help and a coordinated decompression strategy, according to Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom.
According to Adams, the city has taken “fast and urgent action” to address the humanitarian situation, providing roughly 175 emergency shelters, enrolling thousands of children in public schools through Project Open Arms, and establishing the Asylum Application Help Center to assist migrants with their applications, among other things.
Earlier this year, the city issued “the Road Forward: A Blueprint to Address New York City’s Response to the Asylum Seeker Crisis,” outlining how it will continue to handle the flow of asylum seekers and lobby for cooperation from federal and state partners.