NYC To Use Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to House Asylum Seekers

New York City is temporarily turning The Brooklyn Cruise Terminall into a shelter and services hub for asylum-seekers.

The Red Hook Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will have room, food, medical care and other services for 1,000 single men until it reverts to the cruise business in springtime.

Via ABC News: Altogether, 41,000 asylum-seekers have come to the city since last spring, according to the mayor. With the terminal, the city will have five such “Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief” centers for the nearly 28,000 asylum-seekers it is currently housing and those who may yet arrive. Some 77 hotels also have been tapped as emergency shelters. “Our city is at its breaking point,” said Adams, a Democrat who has repeatedly pleaded for state and federal assistance to address the flow of asylum-seekers — some of them bused by out-of-state governors — to the nation’s most populous city. 

Some advocates criticized the cruise ship terminal plan.

Hotels are a better short-term option, and the longer-term plan should be to free up space in the city’s existing homeless shelters by making more robust efforts to get their occupants permanent housing, the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless said.

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal has one cruise berth, Pier 12, where Princess Cruises, Cunard ,. MSC Cruise Lines dock.

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