Since arriving from Venezuela four months ago, Joana Rivas has slowly found some semblance of stability in New York City, picking up occasional cleaning jobs and enrolling her 9-year-old daughter at a public school in Manhattan.
As she navigates her new city, a crucial anchor for Ms. Rivas has been the free housing she was given at a hotel-turned-shelter near Times Square. On Tuesday, however, her time at the shelter ran out. Ms. Rivas had to keep her daughter home from school and pack their belongings to go and apply for new housing.
“Tonight, I don’t know where we’ll go,” Ms. Rivas, 39, said outside a welcoming center for migrants in Midtown Manhattan. “I came here just to see what they would tell me, with the hope that my daughter has somewhere to stay tonight.”
New York City has begun to evict dozens of migrant families that had reached their 60-day limits on stays in the homeless shelter system, the latest effort by the city to urge more of them to leave and find permanent housing. Nearly 70,000 migrants are living in a patchwork of hotels, homeless shelters and giant, winterized tents set up by the city.
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