Permanently Housing Rather Than Just Sheltering Asylum Seekers Could Save the City Over $3 Billion Annually

Presently and historically, New York City has been the home to the country’s largest foreign-born
population.i As this number has grown in recent months, the city’s social services have also adapted
to meet the emerging needs of these new arrivals. Over 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in
New York City over the past year, with the majority of them depending on the city for shelter and
services. Currently, 57,300 asylum seekers are living in City run facilities and the Mayor projects that
this number will continue to grow.