Overwhelmed city officials are struggling to provide a promised admissions center and hotel rooms to migrants being shipped by busload from Texas to the Big Apple, The Post has learned.
The Department of Homeless Services confirmed to The Post that it has dropped its original plan to operate a recording and processing center for the recent arrivals adjacent to a 600-room shelter at the ROW NYC hotel on Eighth Avenue in Midtown.
Officials would not say until Sunday they finally picked a finalist to operate the yet-to-open Manhattan facility, but would not reveal the contractor’s name or location.
Contract documents obtained by The Post show that officials had hoped the Midtown shelter and admissions would be operational as soon as possible by August 15 — now 13 days ago.
DHS also admitted it has yet to select and rent any of the 5,000 hotel rooms the agency said it wants to accommodate migrants in the city.
Instead, officials continue to mix migrants with New Yorkers in the city’s existing reception system — which now includes 15 “emergency” hotel facilities to also help accommodate a summer population surge, according to the DSS on Friday.
City hall has declined to say how much the city spends on housing migrants in its homeless hotels, but an analysis by Post found the cost could exceed $300 million.
“We were already dealing with a homelessness crisis in New York City when the flow of these migrant families started in earnest,” said Josh Goldfein, an attorney in the homeless advocacy division at Legal Aid.
“We’ve always had asylum seekers in the New York City reception system, so that’s not new. But of course the volume increased.”
Since May, about 6,000 migrants have sought shelter in the city, including many who have left Texas by bus for Long Star State governor Greg Abbott.
Although Mayor Eric Adams has appealed to the White House for assistance, including financial resources, he has not yet received the additional assistance he has requested.
An official aware of the city’s efforts said the Adams administration has also reached out to the United States Conference of Mayors for assistance.
“If [Adams] can’t find a place for [the migrants] to go, looks like he can’t handle it. Throw it on the crime pile and it looks like he can’t control the city,” political adviser Hank Sheinkopf told The Post on Sunday.
“If Adams doesn’t fix this by the end of the fall, he’s in big trouble. If you can’t fix this when the weather changes, that’s going to be a real problem for the mayor,” he added.
“It’s a public relations disaster and there’s no indication that Abbott is going to stop sending people here.”
DHS spokeswoman Neha Sharma told The Post: “We are working at an extraordinary speed to bring emergency capacity online and are committed to fully addressing the unique needs of recently arrived asylum seekers who come to us in their greatest hour of need. ”