Do Tell: NYC Immigrants Are Big Business for the Hotels Housing Them

Hotels are set to easily rake in well over a billion dollars in taxpayer funds for turning their buildings into migrant shelters.

Of the 193 migrant shelters being used by the city to house 65,300 individuals, 153 — or nearly 80% — are hotels, motels or inns, according to an internal document obtained by The Post.

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The city is spending, on average, $156 per hotel room to house migrants, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli revealed in a May analysis, while some reportedly have banked more than $300 a night per room since migrants first began being bussed up from the southern border in spring 2022.

Through May 31, of the estimated $4.88 billion spent on the migrant crisis, $1.98 billion went toward housing, which includes the costs for hotels but also other shelters such as the sprawling tent cities at Floyd Bennett Field and Randall’s Island, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

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