Adams seeks to suspend New York’s ‘right to home’ rule amid migrant crisis

New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) seeks court approval to suspend the city’s ‘right to home’ rule as the city struggles to provide housing and resources to more than 40,000 migrants with limited federal assistance.

New York City’s “right to shelter” rule is a decades-old regulation that requires the city to provide a bed to people who meet specific circumstances.

Adams seeks to break the rule when “New York City, acting through the New York City Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”), does not have the resources and capacity to ‘establish and maintain sufficient accommodation, staff and security sites to provide safe services and appropriate shelter,’ according to Jonathan Pines of the New York City Law Department, who drafted the request to the judge Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Deborah Kaplan for the New York City Courts.

Pines continued:

This steady stream of asylum seekers arriving in New York from the southern border represents a crisis of national and even international dimensions; yet the challenges and fiscal burden of this national crisis fall almost exclusively on the City.

These unprecedented demands on the City’s accommodation resources present the City Defendant with challenges never contemplated, foreseeable or even remotely imagined by any signatory to the Callahan Judgment.

So far, President Joe Biden’s administration has sent New York $40 million to handle the migrant crisis, despite Adams’ request for more than $650 million.

Adams said in a statement:

Given that we are unable to provide care to an unlimited number of people and are already overstretched, it is in everyone’s interest, including those looking to come to the United States, to be outspoken that New York City alone cannot provide care for everyone who crosses our border. Being dishonest about this will only lead to the collapse of our system, and we need our government partners to know the truth and do their part.

More than 73,000 migrants have arrived in New York since last spring, according to city officials. The city offers accommodation to more than 44,000 migrants in more than 150 “emergency” shelters or hotels, the New York Post reported.

New York City Office of Management and Budget Director Jacques Jiha warned the City Council on Tuesday that the city will soon be ‘dealing with more asylum seekers every night than we had. across our DHS housing system last year”.

City officials estimate the city will pay $4.3 billion owed to these migrants through June 2024.

Last month, Adams said bluntly that the city was “being destroyed” by the migrant crisis.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter.


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