New York City is poised to receive more than $100 million in new federal funding to help manage the surge of migrants, Spectrum News has learned.
The Biden administration will provide the city $104.6 million in grant funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Shelter Services Program, according to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Sen. Chuck Schumer, both New York Democrats.
“When we negotiated these funds into the budget for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program and the new Shelter Services Program, it was with New York City’s needs front and center – and the share of funding of this tranche reflects that intent,” the two leaders said in a joint statement.
The city has been struggling to find space to house the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who have arrived in recent months. It has even sent busloads of migrants to other communities across New York State – a move that has at times been met with controversy and public outcry from local officials. Earlier this week, Mayor Eric Adams floated the possibility of placing migrants in private residences, reimbursing New Yorkers willing to provide the space.
City officials say more than 74,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the city, with more than 46,000 currently in the city's care.
In early May, FEMA allocated roughly $30 million to NYC — significantly less than the more than $300 million the Adams administration requested. This newly announced tranche is on top of previous funding.
Jeffries and Schumer touted Wednesday’s announcement as a “strong step in the right direction,” while also reiterating their calls for the Biden administration to speed up the work authorization process for migrants.
They also called on Republicans to work with Democrats to allocate additional resources to help New York State. Getting a new appropriation for migrants through the divided Congress, though, could prove difficult.