NEW YORK (WABC) – An estimated 17,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive in the coming months.

The United Way of New York says 75% come into the city’s shelter system, and 30% of those are families. The share of newly arrived families is expected to increase.

Many people arrive at the Port Authority with only the clothes on their backs, and some of them are incredibly frail.

United Way established the Emergency and Community Needs Fund to provide resources to local organizations working with newly arrived asylum seekers.

In our special Eyewitness News: Seeking Asylum in New York, we take a closer look at the growing number of asylum seekers, the huge challenge of finding shelter for everyone, the greatest needs they face now and how you can help.



– New prepackaged clothing for kids, men, and women, including pants, long-sleeve shirts, socks, and underwear

– Toiletries and hygiene items including nappies, deodorants, unopened menstrual products and baby wipes



Mission Church John 3:16

518 West 168th Street, New York, New York

Tuesday and Saturday 10.00 – 17.00

Phone: 914-310-8948


Iglesias Havenes Christianas

8700 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Sunday 12.00 – 16.00

Phone: 718-795-5645

The bridge

1894 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210

Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00 – 16.00

Phone: 917-804-3942


New Life Church

2757 Morris Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468

Phone: 718-562-2230 (Please call before disembarking)


Salvation Army Jamaica Community Centre

90-23 161st Street, Jamaica, NY 11432

Monday-Thursday 10.00 – 14.00

Phone: 914-217-3277


The central hub of family life

59 Wright Street, Staten Island, New York 10304

Phone: 718-273-8414


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