If the New York landlords have a room to spare, it could be occupied by a migrant in the near future.
That’s according to a plan Mayor Eric Adams revealed on Monday where he suggested paying landlords to let migrants crash into their personal homes as officials look for ways to handle the influx of commuters being sent to the Big Apple. .
“It’s my vision to take the next step to these faith-based places and then move to a private residence,” Adams said at a Monday news conference outside City Hall. “There are residents who are suffering right now because of the economic difficulties. They have vacant rooms.
Mr. Adams also touted the plan as a good way to put local, state and federal money issued to deal with the migrant crisis back “into the pockets of ordinary New Yorkers, ordinary places of worship, instead of put it in the pockets of companies”.
From July, a number of churches, mosques and other places of worship will start welcoming migrants for $65 a night. The mayor said he would find a way around local laws that prevent homeless people from staying in private homes.
The city estimates that it costs $4.2 billion to house the approximately 46,000 migrants who have found refuge in New York.
More than 72,000 migrants have been sent to the city from the US southern border since last spring, when Republican governors in Texas and Arizona began ferrying people to major metropolitan areas across the country.