The Safety Net Project stands in unconditional solidarity in the fight against all forms of white supremacy and anti-blackness. With sorrow and rage, we recognize that the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery represent only some of the many Black lives lost to racist state violence in all its forms. We speak their names and the names of others like. Eleanor Bumper, Amadou Diallo, Kimani Grey, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, David Felix, Delrawn Small, Deborah Danner, Saheen Vassell,and so many more killed by the NYPD. We mourn their deaths and we unequivocally condemn the racist policing apparatus that has taken so many Black lives. Read the rest of our statement of solidarity in the struggle for black lives.
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The Safety Net Project is a proud member of the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition. The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, a coalition of tenants organizer, legal and advocacy groups, is organizing to ensure that tenants are protected throughout the COVID-19 crisis and afterwards. Learn more about the Coalition’s work and all their COVID-19 resources for tenants here.
Safe, secure housing and fundamental resources for underserved and marginalized communities
Ahead of the HOPE Count, the city stepped up these number of sweeps, according to records obtained by the Safety Net Project, a group that is part of the Urban Justice Center. A DHS spokesperson said city officials “address conditions as they occur.”
The Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center acquired the reasons for the rejections via the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The results were appalling, and showed the extent to which the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) take a hands-off approach to the supportive housing application process. People were rejected because of their mental illness, the very reason supportive housing would likely have been a great fit in the first place.
For the past year, Peter Malvan has been working with Midnight Run, the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, and other groups to help the city’s unhoused. This has been especially challenging during COVID, with people fearing that the crowded conditions in the shelters would spread infection. “I’m disabled, but I like to keep busy,” he says. “I used to go to offices for in-person meetings. When virtual meetings happened, that got interesting because my phone doesn’t always work. I didn’t get paid, but I worked.”