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When the NYC subway is your home—and you’re evicted every night

2020-07-06T14:32:50+00:00May 18th, 2020|


Anthony Williams, a 67-year-old homeless New Yorker who is now staying in a hotel, had been sleeping on the subway as of a few weeks ago, but he was able to get a hotel room for himself through funds from a GoFundMe campaign organized by the Urban Justice Center.

NY Atty Confusion, Concern Around New Virus Eviction Rule

2020-07-06T14:33:34+00:00May 13th, 2020|

Law 360

"What Cuomo is proposing beginning June 20 is not a moratorium but is prohibiting certain types of cases," Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, told Law360. "What that means in practice is that it's going to shift the onus onto the tenants to make sure they fit into that category."

Cuomo’s New Order Opens the Door to Evictions

2020-07-06T14:34:12+00:00May 12th, 2020|

City Limits

By SNP's E.D. Marika Dias:
By opening the door to all these new eviction cases and evictions, the new executive order will quickly take us back to overcrowded housing courts and families facing homelessness—both of which are guaranteed to endanger individual and public health. Cuomo didn’t extend the moratorium, he ended it, outrageously putting all of us at risk.

New Version of Cuomo’s Evictions Ban Seen as Weaker

2020-07-06T14:35:22+00:00May 12th, 2020|

City Limits

Marika Dias, managing director of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, says there are two key categories of tenants that are not covered under the new eviction moratorium: tenants who were being evicted for anything that doesn’t relate to nonpayment of rent (also known as holdover cases) and tenants unable to show that they have faced a financial impact due to COVID-19.

Homeless Booted Out Of Subway Stations During Cold Snap Offered “Warming” Buses By MTA

2020-07-06T14:36:20+00:00May 9th, 2020|


"At the Atlantic Avenue station Friday night, warming buses were not even an option for homeless people because it's not an end-of-line station, said one staffer with the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

Homeless people accept shelter offers as subway shuts down. Still, deaths mount.

2020-07-06T14:36:47+00:00May 7th, 2020|

New York Times

Craig Hughes, a supervising social worker at the Urban Justice Center, said city workers should be offering masks and gloves to everyone they approach and giving blankets to people who do not go to shelters and were now deprived a subway car’s warmth.

Hotels as COVID Convalescent Homes: Challenges for Patients, Staff

2020-07-06T14:39:06+00:00April 27th, 2020|

City Limits

Advocates for the homeless like VOCAL-NY, Human.nyc, and the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center have spoken out about their concerns regarding the need for greater assistance to New Yorkers who are homeless and have been able to access the city’s hotel program.

Council bill would house homeless in hotels

2020-07-06T14:39:59+00:00April 21st, 2020|

The Real Deal

"Moving homeless New Yorkers immediately out of crowded shelters, off the streets, and into single hotel rooms with private bathrooms is the best way to protect the community from contracting and spreading Covid-19, and further overwhelming our hospitals,” Peter Malvan, an advocate with Safety Net Activists at the Urban Justice Center, said in a statement.

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