New York City to set up humanitarian relief centers to handle asylum seekers-Xinhua

New York City to set up humanitarian relief centers to handle asylum seekers

Source: Xinhua| 2022-09-23 13:15:30|Editor:

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- New York City will set up and open transitory humanitarian emergency response and relief centers in the coming weeks to handle the influx of migrants transported from Texas and other border states, announced New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday.

These humanitarian relief centers will provide assistance to newly arriving individuals and families and ensure they continue to be connected to the full range of services and support they need, said a release from the office of the mayor.

Asylum seekers would stay at humanitarian relief centers for one to four days and have access to shelter, food, medical care, case work services and a range of settlement options including through connections to family and friends inside and outside of New York City, said the release.

"This emergency response represents what we know must be done during this humanitarian crisis, as we continue to seek assistance from our federal and state partners to continue this work," said Adams.

New York City has contracted hotels to provide shelter to migrants and other homeless people on an emergency basis after city shelters were exhausted.

"Two humanitarian relief centers will open in the coming weeks: Orchard Beach will open first serving adults, and a second location is still being finalized. Additional humanitarian relief centers may be opened in the coming weeks, as needed," said the release.

A record-high number of migrants were bused into New York City on Sunday with the arrivals of buses of asylum seekers, local media reported, citing local officials.