Tuesday, June 25, 2024

SH**HOLE NEWS: 1 In 5 NYC Hotels Is Now An Illegal Migrant Shelter, Driving Up Prices; Migrant Surge Driving Hotel Prices to Record Highs in Sanctuary City

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1 In 5 NYC Hotels Is Now An Illegal Migrant Shelter, Driving Up Prices:
Summer tourists in New York City face unprecedented lodging costs as hotels throughout the city are being repurposed as migrant housing.
The average price for a hotel room in the city, based on 2023 data, is a record-breaking $301 per night, an 8.5 percent increase from 2022 costs. This rise in prices is largely due to the city’s gross overcommitment to providing shelter for the influx of illegal migrants flooding the city.
A recent change to Gotham’s “right to shelter” rule allows adult illegal migrants under the age of 23 to stay up to 60 days in city-run shelters. Originally, migrants were granted 30 days of government-subsidized housing with the ability to reapply for an extended stay.
The city pays hotels to host thousands of migrants, which creates a lodging shortage and exorbitant prices for visitors. Skyrocketing hotel costs are a direct result of this government-created scarcity — with fewer hotel rooms to go around, costs inevitably increase, especially during the summer tourism boom. And of course, hotels have been quick to gobble up the city’s migrant-housing subsidy money over the past couple of years, after the government’s Covid lockdowns minimized travel and dried up their stream of income. Now NYC tourism is back in full force — but hotel availability is not.
“New York City has led the nation in responding to a national humanitarian crisis, providing shelter and care to approximately 183,000 new arrivals since the spring of 2022, but we have been clear, from day one, that the ‘Right to Shelter’ was never intended to apply to a population larger than most U.S. cities descending on the five boroughs in less than two years,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
NYC’s Department of Homeless Services sent out a memo in October 2022 “seeking appropriately qualified vendor(s) to identify and operate units for the City Sanctuary Facilities (‘Facilities’) programs that will be used to house asylum seeking families and individuals in New York City.” --->READ MORE HERE
Migrant surge driving hotel prices to record highs in sanctuary city: report
The cost of a hotel room has hit a record high in New York City, in part due to the ongoing migrant crisis, which has squeezed the number of hotel rooms available for tourists.
The New York Times, citing data from CoStar, reported that the average daily rate for a hotel stay in NYC increased to $301.61 in 2023, up 8.5% from $277.92 in 2022.
More recently, in the first three months of 2024, the average stay was $230.79 a night, up from $216.38 in the same period last year.
The price hikes come amid a historic migrant crisis both at the southern border and in the Big Apple, where the city has seen nearly 200,000 migrants arrive since 2022, with tens of thousands remaining in the shelter system.
As part of that, about 135 of the 680 hotels have entered the program, with hotels being paid up to $185 a night, according to the Times. Many of those hotels are in popular parts of the city for tourists, including by the JFK International Airport or the Midtown Manhattan area.
It’s a loss of 16,532 hotel rooms, leaving 121,677 for travelers. That’s 2,812 fewer than before the pandemic, the report said.
However, Mayor Eric Adams’ office, responding to the Times’ report, attributed the rise in costs to the increased demand as tourists returned to the Big Apple after the end of the pandemic. --->READ MORE HERE
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