November 29, 2022
Stewart Hotel to transition from DSS Shelter to Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today that the city will soon open a fourth emergency humanitarian assistance and assistance center that will serve asylum seekers arriving in New York City. With the estimated number of asylum seekers in New York City exceeding at least 27,200, this dedicated humanitarian assistance center will assist newly arriving single families with children, offering them a range of services in addition to ensuring they can reach their desired destination, should they not New York City. This humanitarian assistance center will be located at the Stewart Hotel, which will be converted from a New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) shelter in the coming weeks, and will include 600 rooms for asylum seekers. All families currently on site will be offered the option of staying at the hotel or moving to other DSS accommodation.
“As the number of asylum seekers arriving in New York City continues to increase, our top priority remains meeting people’s immediate needs with care and compassion,” he said Mayor Adams. “This fourth emergency humanitarian and relief center will provide asylum seekers with housing, access to assistance and get them to their final destinations. With currently over 19,500 asylum seekers in our care, a number that continues to grow, it is clear that we need fast support from the federal and state governments to overcome this crisis.”
“In recent months we have adapted to the situation of asylum seekers,” he said Deputy Mayor for Health and Welfare Anne Williams-Isom. “Upon opening, this will be our fourth Humanitarian Emergency and Relief Center, offering a range of services to meet the needs of children, families and individuals coming to New York City for settlement or to their desired destination draw. Thank you to the teams across government and our nonprofit sector who work together to deliver services every day.”
“This government is about finding solutions,” he said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Philip Banks III. “Since the beginning of this crisis, we have faced and will continue to face the challenges it presents. This is the latest in our broader effort to provide care and support to asylum-seeking families wherever we can.”
“Our city remains committed to supporting asylum-seeking families in completing their journey,” he said Ted Long, MD, MHS, Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Care and Population Health, NYC Health + Hospitals. “With this fourth humanitarian center, we are building on the experience and success of our work supporting families with children at The Row Hotel by providing medical care, nutrition, mental health support, language access, liaison with schools, technology and relocation services. I am proud to be part of the Adams administration’s steadfast efforts to offer compassion and care to those seeking a better life in our country.”
“The recent opening of the Humanitarian Emergency and Response Center will make numerous resources available to asylum seekers to support this growing humanitarian crisis,” he said Zach Iscol, the New York City Emergency Management Officer. “The city will continue to work diligently to facilitate a seamless transition into American society.”
Since the beginning of this humanitarian crisis, the city has — largely under its own steam — taken swift and urgent action, managing the arrival of a rapidly growing number of buses across New York City with virtually no coordination from sending states — and opening 56 hotels as emergency shelters and already three more Humanitarian Response Centers, the establishment of a Navigation Center to connect asylum seekers to critical resources, Project Open Arms’ enrollment of children in public schools, and more.