The city’s already ailing housing system is collapsing amid the flood of migrants to the Big Apple, committing what homeless rights activists are calling the worst failure in service delivery in more than a decade.
Sixty men seeking shelter were unlucky Monday night when the city’s homeless services agency couldn’t find shelter for them. a legal aid representative told The Post.
It was also the second time DHS hasn’t provided beds in recent weeks – as the city struggles to cope with the nearly 10,000 migrants who have arrived from the US southern border since the start of the summer.
About 7,300 of those migrants are currently in the city’s shelter system, Big Apple officials told The Post on Tuesday.
“That’s a significant number – it would have a significant impact on the protection system,” noted former councilman Stephen Levin, the longtime former head of the council’s General Welfare Committee, of the tidal wave of migrants.
“They also have rent increases across the city that [COVID] Moratorium on evictions lifted,” he said, referring to issues that are putting additional strain on the homeless system.
The number of people in the New York emergency shelter system had grown to 55,485 on Monday.
That was nearly 25 percent more than the 45,844 people reported on the same day in May when officials say the migrant surge began.
The number is still well below its all-time high reported in January 2019, when the number of homeless people in the city reached 61,415.
But Legal Aid and the Coalition for the Homeless said in a joint statement about the current story: ‘It is now clear that this administration simply cannot handle the city’s unfolding homelessness crisis and the serious capacity issues in the Department of Homeless Services’ ( DHS) accommodations.
“We are extremely alarmed … and as required by law, the city must immediately release a plan to ensure no further violations occur,” the groups said.
“If the city continues to deny our customers this codified right, we will take legal action in court.”
The last violation against homeless single men occurred in 2009 during the tenure of then Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The grim development is a black eye for the city’s embattled Social Services Commissioner, Gary Jenkins, who was on furlough, according to The Post, as his agencies missed their own deadlines to secure additional housing and reception capacity to better cope with the crisis.
Jenkins oversees both DHS and the city’s human resource administration.
The city committed another violation in July, in the early weeks of the migrant wave, when DHS stranded recently arrived families with children overnight at its Bronx reception facility after failing to provide them with beds.
That disclosure came after allegations that senior DHS officials ordered agency staff not to report the ailments to City Hall.
The last time the city violated the right to family housing was in 2014.
A spokeswoman for DHS did not dispute the claims of Legal Aid and the Coalition for the Homeless, but said in a statement: “Our teams continue to work around the clock, adapting quickly to the reality on the ground and identifying additional capacity to do so ensure we support anyone in need of emergency shelter, regardless of background and immigration status.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/flood-of-migrants-helps-lead-to-worst-nyc-shelter-failure-in-more-than-decade/ The flood of migrants is contributing to the worst shelter failure in NYC in more than a decade