Shelters Are Overloaded. Will a New Agreement Help?

Good morning. It’s Monday. Today we’ll get details on how the city’s so-called right-to-shelter requirement is being scaled back amid the continuing struggle to house thousands of migrants.

Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

Most adult migrants without children will now have to leave shelters in New York City after 30 days unless they meet certain criteria to extend their stay.

That was the most significant change in a legal agreement modifying a longstanding requirement that the city provide shelter to anyone who asks for it. Migrant families with children will not be affected.

The settlement ended months of legal wrangling that began in May, when Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, sought permission to change the 42-year-old consent decree that established New York’s right-to-shelter requirement, which is unique among cities in the U.S.

I asked Luis Ferré-Sadurní, who reports on immigration and the migrant crisis in New York, to explain the changes.

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