Mayor Adams Extends Asylum Seeker Resource Contracts From Harlem To Hollis

June 28, 2023

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Manuel Castro today announced an extension of 10 asylum seeker support.

Includes the center contracts and the addition of a new support center to serve recently arrived individuals and families seeking asylum. Originally opened last fall, these community-based organizations, located across the five boroughs, have been granted $2.3 million to build on the work of the city’s first Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center.

The selected organizations will provide individuals and families with in-person support services, including job readiness trainings, comprehensive case management, and immigrant rights workshops. These services will be available in Spanish, Wolof, Russian, and other languages.

“This unprecedented crisis requires each of us to step up and do our part. That is exactly what New York City has done,” said Mayor Adams. “Working with community-based organizations, we have provided asylum seekers with housing, food, and other vital services, ensuring that asylum seekers are treated with the dignity they deserve. Today’s announcement builds on those efforts, reaffirming our commitment to responsibly managing this crisis and making certain that asylum seekers get the care they need. As I have said since this crisis began, New York City cannot handle this issue alone — we need a national strategy to tackle this national problem.”


“The navigation network extension marks another step in providing for asylum seekers on their path to independence,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “Thank you to our partners in this effort, working with us every day to provide a range of supportive services designed to serve asylum seekers most effectively. Additionally, by extending the navigation network for another year, we are ensuring ongoing support will be available for what has proven to be a continuing need.”

New York City set the example for the nation in establishing asylum seeker support locations in each of our five boroughs where newly arrived asylum seekers can receive services,” said MOIA Commissioner Castro. “Over 31,000 asylum seekers have been served throughout these locations, and I am proud that the city will continue to expand on that work through additional funding to our community partners.”

“We applaud Mayor Adams and the City of New York for welcoming the tens of thousands of migrant individuals and families who arrived in our city in the past year, seeking safety and opportunity,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “Catholic Charities was happy to partner with New York City in coordinating and providing services at the navigation center, and we are pleased to continue services through coordinating community-based centers that build upon these initial services that Catholic Charities of New York has already provided to over 14,000 newly arrived individuals seeking help. We look forward to continuing this work alongside our partner organizations and the Adams administration to ensure that all those who have sought refuge in our city receive the care, resources, and opportunities they deserve.”


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Selected organizations that are helping to provide asylum seekers with in-person support services include:

  • Aid for Aids
  • Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services in Brooklyn
  • Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services in Queens
  • Catholic Charities Staten Island
  • Coalicion Mexicana
  • International Child Program
  • La Colmena
  • Mercy Center
  • Mixteca Organization
  • New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
  • Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York at St. Teresa’s

The Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center and its support centers have served more than 31,000 individuals since opening on September 15, 2022.

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