Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Governor Hochul Outlines New York's $1 Billion Commitment to Support Asylum Seekers



Governor Kathy Hochul has updated the public on New York's efforts to assist asylum seekers. This includes a $250 million advance to New York City from the state's FY 2024 budget, part of a $1 billion commitment. The funds will support various services for asylum seekers, including emergency response centers and intake facilities.

Hochul noted that New York has been offering humanitarian aid to asylum seekers since their arrival. The state plans to continue this aid, including financial assistance and personnel. State officials have arranged federal visits to potential shelter sites, such as Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Wadsworth.

The FY 2024 Budget also sets aside $25 million to help relocate 1,250 families, or around 4,375 individuals, who have applied for asylum. This is in addition to over $700 million for temporary shelter. Currently, 17 families are participating in this state-funded program.

Those in the program, who are seeking work authorization, will be relocated and paired with social service agencies for assistance. State-owned sites at Lincoln Correctional and JFK Airport are currently housing asylum seekers. More state-funded sites are set to open soon.

Finally, Hochul announced the deployment of more New York National Guard personnel to help with shelter site operations. This follows a meeting between Hochul and White House Senior Advisor Tom Perez, and increased federal assistance to New York.

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