MIDTOWN, Manhattan (PIX11) — Hundreds of migrants are arriving in New York City by busloads each day from near the Southern Border and the city has run out of places to put them, Mayor Eric Adams has said.
On Saturday, the mayor announced that the famous Roosevelt Hotel, which closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, would reopen as an asylum seeker intake center.
“That means the city is going to try a holistic approach to bring all the services into one place,” Andrew Heinrich, who runs a nonprofit called Project Rousseau, told PIX11 News on Sunday.
Project Rousseau helps hundreds of migrants and their families with educational and legal services once they arrive in New York City.
Heinrich welcomed the news that the city is opening its first asylum seeker arrival center inside the Roosevelt Hotel this week, opening up 175 rooms — and eventually a total of 1,000 rooms — for migrants.
“I love that there’ll be school enrollment, access to medical services, access to legal services, efforts at reunification of families all in one place,” Heinrich said.
The Roosevelt Hotel will be the city’s ninth humanitarian emergency response and relief center to help what the mayor‘s spokesman called a humanitarian crisis.
More than 4,200 migrants arrived last week and the numbers are expected to rise quickly now that Title 42 has expired.
In response to the influx of migrants in New York City, local and state leaders are considering various spaces for temporary housing, including schools.
State Assemblymember Sam Pirrozolo tweeted that 300 migrants will be placed at the abandoned Hungerford school on Staten Island. P.S. 188 in Coney Island was notified its gym may become a shelter.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, meanwhile, suggested the federal government could open a migrant center at Floyd Bennett Field.
On Mother’s Day, Upper West Side City Council member Gale Brewer organized a Mother’s Day giveaway for the 200 migrant mothers living at two hotels there. Brewer said the mothers clearly want to work but are not authorized to do so. They appreciated the gift bags of skin care products and chocolate.
“They want to participate in our society or else they wouldn’t have made all the sacrifices we heard about,” Brewer told PIX11 News. “These families are extraordinary.”
Project Rousseau will be back at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning to welcome the arriving migrant families and help them get the services they need.