New York City is taking new steps to grapple with the influx of migrants overwhelming its shelter system.
The city filed a court request on Tuesday to pause its “right to shelter” law, which requires the city to give temporary housing to homeless individuals. Since the spring of 2022, New York has taken in over 122,000 migrants, putting immense strain on the city’s shelter system in the process.
As a result, Mayor Eric Adams has been trying to suspend the law for months. He hopes the court will allow him to pause the requirement when there’s a state of emergency with an influx of people seeking shelter.
According to Adams, the crisis is expected to cost the city over $12 billion over the next 3 years. In a statement, Adams said “it is abundantly clear that the status quo cannot continue.”