City eyes partnering with local charities to help distribute donations outside migrant shelters


The city’s Office of Emergency Management is exploring partnering up with nonprofits to facilitate the collection and distribution of donations from the public outside migrant shelters as it continues to grapple with the growing migrant crisis. 

While a formal agreement is yet to be made, the city has invited Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen, to replicate its model of makeshift welcome tents outside city-operated shelters for asylum seekers.

The trial partnership was triggered following Masbia’s success of nurturing neighborhood support and distributing donations outside the Sunset Park recreation center which has been home to a number of newly-arrived asylum seekers since early August.