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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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Number of New Yorkers sleeping on streets and subways rebounded to pre-pandemic highs

June 17th, 2022|

Gothamist

“‘It’s really regrettable the City Council is supporting punitive measures against homeless people,’ said Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.”

Here’s How NYC’s $101 Billion Budget Addresses Homelessness

June 14th, 2022|

Gothamist

‘We hear from our clients that this is a direct result of closing those programs and they are ending up back on the street,’ said Kathleen Cash, who helps connect homeless clients with benefits and services at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

City staffing shortages lead to months-long waits for housing help

June 9th, 2022|

NY 1

“‘We have a commissioner who's interested, so that's good,’ said Craig Hughes, a senior social worker at [Safety Net Project of] the Urban Justice Center. ‘We don’t have evidence that we've seen of an increase in getting people moved out quicker.’”
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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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