Even though migrants continue to arrive, the number in city shelters, which had grown steadily since the spring of 2022, has been relatively flat for the last three weeks: It has increased by only 600 since Aug. 20, to 59,900, even as more than 8,800 migrants entered the system, according to statistics released by Deputy Mayor Anne Williams-Isom.
That indicates that about 2,700 per week found somewhere else to stay during that time.
In the spring, the situation was different: During the three weeks from May 28 to June 18, fewer migrants arrived, but only about 1,200 people per week left shelters, city data suggests.
Ms. Williams-Isom attributed the leveling off to the city’s aggressive efforts to find homes for migrants — including by buying them tickets to destinations outside the city — and to a new rule requiring single adult migrants who have been in a shelter for 60 days to reapply and start the entire intake process over again if they want to remain in the city’s care. No migrants will hit their 60-day limit until late this month, but some are leaving before their time is up.
Joshua Goldfein, a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society, which represents the group that monitors conditions at city homeless shelters, said on Friday that he was encouraged.
“They are finally rolling out case management and that’s making a difference,” he said.
The Roosevelt, in addition to being one of the main shelters for families with children, is also the site of the city’s most visible failure during the crisis.