We preserve and strengthen families and communities by fighting to prevent evictions, illegal rent increases, uninhabitable living conditions, and other attacks on our social safety net.
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.
All of our Safety Net Project walk-in clinics are closed for the time being. If you need assistance with Public Assistance, SNAP, Fair Hearings for PA and SNAP, or CityFHEPS/FHEPS, please call 646-923-8358 and leave a voicemail. If you need assistance with a legal issue in the Bronx or Brooklyn involving your housing please call 646-923-8359. We will do our best to return their call within 24 hours.
Are you worried about eviction? Learn more about what is happening with eviction cases and housing court here.
In this unprecedented time in our history, have you suddenly found yourself out of work and unable to pay your rent? You are not alone, and you have options. Learn more here and here.
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
Thousands of NYC Apartments for Homeless Sit Empty Amid Migrant Crisis
NY Daily News"The [Safety Net Project of the] Urban Justice Center previously obtained data showing the city had about 2,600 empty supportive housing units in November 2022, indicating vacancy levels in the system have stayed nearly flat for months."
LISTEN: The Outreach Worker’s View — ‘At Best to Be Pitied’
The City"Karim Walker is an organizing and outreach specialist for the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. His job is to work mostly with New Yorkers living on the streets — a job that takes lots of communication, care and empathy, he told FAQ."
Breaking: Homicide Still Illegal in NYC
Out Front Media"Forcing people off the trains into the freezing cold does not help the homeless,” Peter Malvan, an organizer with the group the Safety Net Project said last year. “Policing does not get people safely housed.”
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New York, NY 10006
The Safety Net Project does not conduct client intake at our Rector Street Office. For information about our services and walk-in clinics, check out our legal clinic flyer.