Monday, August 29, 2022

NYC’s Migrant Surge Now Around 6K Amid Texas Bus Transports; NYC Could Spend $300M Annually to House Migrants in Hotels

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NYC’s migrant surge now around 6K amid Texas bus transports: City Hall
More than 6,000 migrants have flooded into in New York City recently, City Hall said Monday — revealing a roughly 50% increase in just two weeks amid President Biden’s ongoing border crisis.
The disturbing development came one day after the New York Public Library distributed more than 1,000 bags of supplies for migrant kids expected to enter the city’s school system next month.
Hundreds of migrants lined up Sunday in The Bronx to attend an afternoon fair at which Bronx Library Center staffers “met with over 1,000 attendees and shared welcome bags containing school supplies — such as folders, pencil pouches, notebooks, bookmarks — and NYPL activity packets for children,” a spokesperson said Monday.
Last week, Department of Education officials said they were expecting an influx of more than 1,000 migrant children, with Schools Chancellor David Banks calling it “a very fluid situation” and noting that new students “are coming in every single day.”
Sunday’s fair also enabled attendees to sign up for no-cost medical benefits, with a spokesperson for the taxpayer-funded funded New York Health + Hospitals’ MetroPlusHealth insurance company saying Monday that it was processing 691 preliminary enrollments.
Earlier this month, a bus carrying migrants from Texas to New York brought several infected with COVID-19 and one who was so sick he was expected to be hospitalized. --->READ MORE HERE
Matthew McDermott
NYC could spend $300M annually to house migrants in hotels: analysis:
The Big Apple could be on the hook for more than $300 million per year to provide shelter space in hotels for newly arrived migrants, a Post analysis shows.
City officials have either rented or announced plans to secure roughly 5,800 hotel rooms over the last month in response to the influx from the southern border, which quickly overwhelmed the already-strained homeless shelter system.
One of the largest operations is planned for the ROW NYC hotel on 8th Avenue in Midtown, where officials are looking to rent as many as 600 rooms and provide intake and other services for the recent arrivals.
Officials said Monday they were evaluating four proposals to run the site.
Records show the ROW was previously used by city officials to provide shelter as part of a $139 million contract the Department of Homeless Services inked in January 2021, in which City Hall shelled out an average of $147.67 per day in rent.
Assuming that DHS has secured a similar rate this time around, providing the 5,800 hotel rooms could add an unexpected $312.6 million in new spending to the city budget — and that’s before tallying other costs, like providing food and medical care. --->READ MORE HERE
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