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NYC limits shelter time for migrant families

Migrants arrive at a shelter in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
Toya Sarno Jordan for NPR
Migrants arrive at a shelter in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

In an effort to free up much needed shelter room in New York City, Mayor Adams' Administration is putting further restrictions on time migrants can spend in shelters.

The mayor announced a new policy Monday. It states that migrant families only have 60 days in shelters and then they have to find housing elsewhere. Mayor Adams recently cut the time adult migrants without children could stay in shelters to 30 days. Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom says they had to make the move.

"As we continue to respond to this ongoing humanitarian crisis and manage this unprecedented surge, we must continue to implement new strategies to relieve the pressure on our shelter system"

The new policy is getting criticized by several organizations including the Legal Aid Society saying it could lead to families in congregate settings and disrupt children's education. Hundreds of migrants continue to come into the city daily.