Daily News – In a statement after the hearing, Hanif, who co-chairs the Council’s Progressive Caucus, countered that it’s Iscol’s defense of the administration’s “shadow shelter system” that’s “dangerous.”
She was referring to the so-called “respite centers” Adams’ administration has opened across the city. Adams’ team has said the sites — many of which lack showers in apparent violation of right-to-shelter rules, as reported by the Daily News — are meant to only house migrants for short periods until the administration can find better options for them in traditional shelters or emergency hotels.
“But we know people have been there for over a month,” Hanif said of the facilities. “The administration called our bill to set standards for these centers ‘performative,’ but this bill is essential to protecting dignified housing. [Read More]