Nearly two dozen struggling homeless veterans have been evicted from hotels in upstate New York to make space for migrants, according to a nonprofit organization that assists the veterans as The New York Post reported.
The ex-military, including a 24-year-old man in desperate need of assistance after serving in Afghanistan, were informed by the hotels at the start of the week that their temporary housing was being yanked out from under them and that they would have to relocate, according to the group and a disgusted local politician.
“Our veterans have been placed in another hotel due to what’s going on with the immigrants,’’ said Sharon Toney-Finch, the CEO of the Yerik Israel Toney Foundation.
Toney-Finch, a disabled veteran of the military, founded YIT to raise awareness of premature births and to aid destitute and low-income veterans of the military who require assistance with their living expenses.
“One of the vets called me on Sunday,’’ she said. “He told me he had to leave because the hotel said the extended stay is not available. Then I got another call. We didn’t waste any time,’’ the advocate said.
“That’s when we started on Monday to organize when and where to move them all. I am glad you called me today,’’ she told The Post. “Last night, I was crying.”
She said that the hotels did not state explicitly that the vets had to move because of the migrants, but it was apparent to her given the timing that this was the case.
Toney-Finch reported that 15 veterans were evicted from the Crossroads Hotel in Newburgh, which is approximately 60 miles north of New York City in Orange County and a new epicenter of New York City's migrant crisis since Mayor Eric Adams began busing the city's excess there against the wishes of local officials.
Toney-Finch stated that the remaining five displaced veterans were divided between two other Middletown hotels, the Super 8 and the Hampton Inn.
The Middletown hotels are reportedly on the city's shortlist to house migrants, though they are not currently housing any.
Toney-Finch, who requested that The Post withhold the location's identification, stated that all 20 of the evicted veterans are currently staying at a hotel in the Hudson Valley, approximately 20 minutes away.
The Crossroads, Super 8, and the hotel where the vets are currently residing did not respond to The Post's requests for comment on Friday and the Hampton Inn did not immediately respond to a voicemail message.
Toney-Finch stated that the veterans were originally scheduled to remain in the three hotels for up to four weeks while they awaited permanent housing but they were kicked out of their hotels approximately two weeks into their accommodations.
“Now we have to work from ground zero. We just lost that trust [with the vets],” the organizer said.