As of right now, District 39 has two emergency shelters for asylum seekers. We have heard from dozens of concerned community members asking how they can help our newest neighbors, so here are the best ways to help right here in our neighborhood.
- Please help CHiPS feed our new neighbors. We know many asylum seekers are coming to them for a hot meal, and they would also welcome readymade food that residents can take to the shelter, where they do not have access to kitchens but do have a communal microwave. CHiPS needs microwaveable meals (shelf stable – they do not have refrigerators), microwaveable rice packs and bean packs, snacks (bars, cookies, snack bags), containers of juice or juice boxes, cereals, and shelf-stable milk, infant formula, eggs, and hot cooked meals to augment what’s made in the CHiPS kitchen. In addition, hairnets for cooks and volunteer servers are needed, as is an industrial fridge to expand their kitchen’s capacity for perishable items. Donations should be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at CHiPS, 200 4th Ave., between Sackett and Degraw Sts.
- If you’re looking to donate your time, CHiPS’s kitchen needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to help with outreach and more volunteers to prepare hot meals. A few hours each week will go a long way to support asylum seekers in our community — contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We also know Mutual Aid Groups in our district, specifically Gowanus Mutual Aid, are working to provide warm clothes and other direct assistance to asylum seekers. Your donation will help support the direct work of neighbors helping neighbors.
- Our office is also working with Mixteca – a City-contracted asylum seeker navigation center satellite site working to provide mental health services, immigrant rights services, and ESOL classes. Learn more and support their work in helping asylum seekers in our community.
This is an ongoing situation, and we will continue to update the community as we gather more information. At City Hall, we are continuing to advocate for the federal government for expedited work authorizations and ensure the Mayor follows all humanitarian standards when offering housing to asylum seekers.
The needs of asylum seekers, and the community-based organizations that serve them, may change week-to-week so please return to this page for updated information if needed. If you’re looking to support Citywide efforts to welcome asylum seekers, you can do so here.