On Wednesday, the Randall’s Island tent settlements in New York City will welcome refugees.
For single men who were transported by bus into the city from southern border states, the center is meant to serve as a temporary rest stop.
Up to 500 people can sleep in the tents, which also provide a café, laundry facilities, phones, and entertainment areas.
Since the spring, more than 18,000 asylum seekers have entered New York City, placing a significant burden on the city’s system of homeless shelters.
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Early in the month, Mayor Eric Adams announced a state of emergency, describing the rising demand as “not sustainable.”
When the single males, many of whom are from Venezuela, arrive at the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan, the city intends to transport them to the facility where they will be housed while they decide what to do next.
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Children’s families are staying in hotels.
If necessary, the city claimed it would be able to double the tents’ sleeping capacity.
Initial plans to set up tents at Orchard Beach in the Bronx were abandoned due to worries about floods and complaints about the remote location.
The shelters had to be moved for $325,000 and then set up again for another $325,000, according to FOX 5.
Given the warm weather and the fact that tents can endure gusts of up to 90 mph, Officials said the Randall’s Island location was protected from floods.
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Advocates are still worried about the location and whether the migrants would receive enough support, though.
Three meals a day of South American cuisine, as well as snacks, coffee, and tea, will be offered, according to the station.