4,000 newly arrived asylum seekers making new life in Clinton Hill

4,000 newly arrived asylum seekers making new life in Clinton Hill
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CLINTON HILL, Brooklyn (PIX11) – New York City Councilmember Crystal Hudson is pleading for Mayor Eric Adams’ support in addressing the strain a large migrant shelter has placed on the Clinton Hill community.

“It’s not about politics,” Hudson said. “It’s about the significant strain on the existing community” caused by the influx of over 4,000 new residents.

Residents have reported issues with increased trash, abandoned vehicles, and loitering.

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Hudson’s team has struggled to address these concerns without support from the Mayor’s office. They requested resources like vaccination buses and town halls but received “no meaningful response.”

“We’re asking now, at this point, for him to commit to coming to the community and doing a town hall,” Hudson said.

Her office even filled out the Mayor’s official engagement form but was denied support.

Undeterred, Hudson’s team is hosting their own resource fair on June 1 to provide services directly to the migrants, including hot meals, care kits, and vaccinations.

“We’re asking him to do it because the community has been asking for a response, and we haven’t received one,” Hudson said. “People need resources and assistance, and the city is equipped to provide them.”

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Since 2022, over 175,000 migrants have arrived in New York City. With over 64,000 currently in its care, the city faces challenges in managing the influx.

Adams requested state funding to cover half the city’s cost associated with the migrants, arguing the federal government was not doing enough.

PIX11 News reached out to the Mayor’s office for a statement:

As we manage hundreds of people who continue to arrive in our city every day, we are doing so more efficiently and in a more cost-effective manner by looking toward long-term planning and management to stabilize and protect our shelter system. This ensures New York City can continue to support those most in need, and deliver important services for all New Yorkers. Our dedicated staff at the Humanitarian Relief Centers work around the clock to provide critical support to families in need. We appreciate the councilmember’s partnership in this very important work to house and care for over 65,000 migrants still in our system.

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Without mayoral support, Councilmember Hudson said her team is left to address the complex issues arising from the migrant shelter.

“I can’t answer all the questions people are asking,” Hudson said. “I don’t have the information or resources, and he does.”

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