NYLPI Joins NY Working Families Party, Urban Justice Center, Vocal-NY and Bronx Defenders in Signing Letter to Mayor Adams Regarding the Right to ShelterSeptember 8, 2023
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and the Bronx Defenders (among many others) for their new right to shelter campaign. In a letter to Mayor Eric Adams, the group urges City Hall to end restrictive policies for housing arriving asylum seekers and address the city’s long neglected affordable housing crisis.
“The city’s framing of the arrival of immigrants as a crisis deflects from the real issue — the city has not gotten a handle on its long-term housing and homelessness crises. This is not because of recent arrivals to New York — our city has always been a city of immigrants. It is because of a lack of progress on issues critical to all New Yorkers — homelessness, housing affordability, and housing preservation. Framing this as a ‘migrant problem’ invites racism and xenophobia. Instead of seeking to undermine the right to shelter, the City must act to immediately house people and prevent evictions in the midst of our current housing crisis. ”
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