UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The federal eviction moratorium ended this weekend and New York States will end at the end of the month on the 31st but local shelters are already seeing an increase in numbers.
“Some of the people just bail early because they see it coming and we’re seeing that,” Mike Ballman, Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church explained. “And I think we’re going to see maybe one of the worst humanitarian crises in our history because of the moratorium ending.”
The Morrow Warming Center, located in the basement of the Cornerstone Community Church, is an emergency engagement location and typically people only stay for a couple of nights, but delays in the system, the moratorium ending and the recent attention shone on the shelter has brought in higher numbers than the center is used to.
Just a couple of months ago the center had 25-30 people stay a night on average, now they are seeing double that and coming close to full capacity, the center is becoming increasingly worried that they might have to start turning people away, and with the recent Obliston evacuation Pastor Ballman is worried that people will have no options.
“It’s really tough that the Obliston was close to the eviction moratorium ending,” Ballman said. “So a lot of the hotels are still pretty full with the Obliston residents so there are not the usual safety valves of the hotels if all the shelters are full. So I think it will be a crisis that we will have to address.”
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