Impact litigation is a powerful tool for bringing about lasting and systemic change. Through litigation, we ensure the government abides by the rights of New Yorkers and fulfills its legal obligations.
Clients Inform Litigation
The direct services we provide to our clients inform our litigation and guide us in class action suits that yield tangible results for our neglected neighbors.
In 2014, we started our first community organizing project in response to the lack of participant voices and perspectives in the ongoing dialogue regarding citywide public assistance (also known as welfare or cash assistance) policies. These policies, many draconian in nature, affect more than half a million low-income New Yorkers each year.
Our team operates free legal clinics at soup kitchens and food pantries throughout New York City to assist clients on a walk-in basis.
Direct 1:1 Services
We provide legal advice and offer long-term legal representation to ensure eligible persons receive the benefits and services to which they are entitled, including issues such as:
Our research reports inform our work and guide legal action and policy changes on the city, state, and national levels.
In May of 2014, we released our latest research report. Entitled Culture of Deterrence: Voices of NYC Public Assistance Recipients, the report contains the results of over 130 surveys submitted by New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) clients.
On October 7th, the Safety Net Project and the Women’s City Club of New York hosted a panel discussion exploring the intersections between gender and economic and racial inequality in New York City. This inspiring panel focused on the experience of women of color was a huge success.
On July 15, 2015, Leah Goodridge, Esq., Staff Attorney of the Safety Net Project, filed an appeal at the Appellate Division—First Department of New York to challenge NYCHA’s refusal to set aside its occupancy rules to accommodate Ms. A, a disabled tenant. NYCHA’s failure to accommodate Ms. A resulted in her son’s inability to inherit her apartment.
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartments are a critical strand in the safety net and the last bastion of truly affordable housing within the City of New York.
Yet today, black mold, peeling lead paint, roaches, or other deplorable conditions plague most rental units, compounding issues of race, space, health, and poverty.
The Safety Net Project stands in alliance with the Progressive Caucus and the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council in denouncing the outcome of the Grand Jury in the case of Eric Garner.