Families seeking asylum have few resources at emergency shelter, find warm welcome at Prospect Heights school


A number of young, recently-arrived families seeking asylum are living in a north Brooklyn hotel with few resources and not much support.

“We’re seeing thousands and thousands of people coming in for weeks and months, and we don’t have the resources that these families need,” said councilmember Crystal Hudson, who visited the shelter — the exact location of which she asked not be shared for the safety and privacy of the familes staying there — unannounced on Friday. 

Inside the shelter, resources are scarce

Just before the first day of school on Sept. 8, school leadership at P.S. 9 The Sarah Smith Garnet School in Prospect Heights found out 25 students who had recently arrived from Venezuela would be enrolling at the elementary school.