Comptroller report reveals failures in NYC's 60-day rule for asylum families

Advocates have criticized the rule for what they say creates harsh impacts on vulnerable families.

Edric Robinson

May 9, 2024, 5:43 PM

Updated 15 days ago

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Comptroller Brad Lander unveiled a new report revealing significant flaws in the implementation of the administration's 60-day rule for asylum-seeking families. The rule enacted back in October of last year by Mayor Eric Adams limits shelter stays for newly arrived families to 60 days.
Supporters and advocates joined Lander just outside of the Row Hotel, where the city evicted its first group of migrants with the rule in January. Advocates have criticized the rule for what they say creates harsh impacts on vulnerable families.
“It was a policy designed to churn people through a system to subject them to screening after screening and push them out of shelter system with no regard where they landed,” said Lander
Lander noted that as of April 28, the city has issued 60-day notices to 10,229 families with children - affecting 19,497 adults and 18,149 kids. Of those individuals, 51% left shelters entirely, 40% relocated to another shelter somewhere in the system and 9% are in the shelter where the 60-day notice was given.
“The policy was implemented in a way that was entirely haphazard, that didn’t live up to its own goals and standards, that didn’t provide didn’t provide written policies to staffer contractors, that didn’t track the outcomes in any meaningful way. This was not a policy to help families find stable housing or self-sufficiency,” said Lander
In response to the report's findings, advocates are calling for an end to the 60-day rule and the implementation of more humane and effective policies to assist asylum-seeking families.
News 12 reached out to the mayor's office, and in a statement, a spokesperson for City Hall highlighted the challenges of the migrant crisis, emphasizing the effectiveness of the notices.
“Our 30-and-60-day notices are one tool in our very limited toolbox to help migrants to exit shelter because, as we have repeatedly said, New York City is long past its breaking point. Nearly half of all families who have seen their 60-day notices expire, and more than 65% of all migrants that have come through our care, have moved out of our shelter system — without a single migrant family with children being forced to sleep on the street. While several suggestions made in the comptroller’s report are already part of our policy, any ideas on how to improve our herculean work are welcome and will be considered," said the spokesperson.


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