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Safety
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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.

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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.


COVID-19 Update

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.


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Why New York Is Resorting to Tents to House Surge of Migrants

September 22nd, 2022|

New York Times

Kathleen Cash, an advocate at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, called the pictures of what the centers might look like “devastating.” “Opening short-term municipal refugee camps through a separate city bureaucracy — while the mayor has repeatedly failed to honor the right to shelter, and has announced plans to ‘reassess’ it — is the kind of approach many feared this administration would take,” she said.

The NYPD Now Decides What Homeless Encampments Get Swept

September 21st, 2022|

City Limits

“This decision is directly in line with his belief in widely discredited broken windows theories of public safety, which have hit poor and working-class Black and Latinx New Yorkers hardest,” said Karim Walker, an organizer and outreach worker with the Safety Net Project [of the Urban Justice Center]. “These sweeps are designed to break spirits and get people out of sight.
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Main Office

40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006

Telephone: 646.602.5600

Email: snp@urbanjustice.org

Hours

M-F: 9:00AM-6:00PM

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.

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