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NY Courts Say State Has 1 Month To Act On Eviction Hold

2020-09-02T12:37:29+00:00September 1st, 2020|

Law 360

"Currently, in New York City alone, there are over 14,000 households with pending eviction warrants who are in imminent danger of displacement," Marika Dias, managing director of the Urban Justice Center's Safety Net Project, said in a Tuesday statement to Law360.

Failing Phones

2020-08-31T12:18:16+00:00August 31st, 2020|

After months of hearing from clients experiencing significant issues with HRA's Infoline such as dropped calls and excessive wait times, the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project decided to conduct an informal ‘audit’ to test the efficacy of the HRA Infoline. Between June 23, 2020 and August 4, 2020, we made 98 calls to the Infoline and tracked results. The overall rate of calls dropped was over 58 percent. In addition to dropped calls, we also documented significant issues.

NYC welfare benefit hotline is a mess months after benefits offices shut down, advocates claim

2020-09-14T14:26:53+00:00August 30th, 2020|

NY Daily News

The Urban Justice Center, which is focused on helping people secure public benefits, found that more than 50% of calls to the city Human Resources Administration were dropped and 20% had wait times of more than eight minutes.

As New York Hurtles Toward an Eviction Crisis, These Are the Tenants Most at Risk

2020-09-14T14:28:52+00:00August 19th, 2020|

Curbed NY

Marika Dias, the managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, stresses it’s a small but critical change that gives those tenants a last-ditch effort to defend their homes, but it’s still a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. “That’s a much better situation than what we were going to see unfold,” says Dias. “That said, people are not going to suddenly have their job or their health restored come October 1. The situation demands a political solution.”

Homeless People Sheltering From the Street Secure City Pledge to Fund Hotel Stays

2020-08-10T12:51:25+00:00August 10th, 2020|

The City

Meanwhile, the 30 people living in the hotel rooms meet every Tuesday evening with organizers from the Urban Justice Center and other groups to strategize, by consensus, their proposals to DHS.

NY Courts Say Eviction Pause Continues, For Now

2020-08-10T12:48:03+00:00August 10th, 2020|

Law 360

"Cuomo's order gives permission for the courts to maintain a pause on eviction cases moving forward, but he's not requiring them to," said Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. "So we could see a situation where the courts decide that even though they have permission to pause, they don't have to. Cuomo has taken no steps to prevent that."

Queens pols press city on Fresh Meadows shelter-hotel as neighbors plan protest

2020-08-05T13:46:49+00:00August 3rd, 2020|

Queens Daily Eagle

The temporary hotel rooms are crucial for preventing the spread of the coronavirus among people experiencing homelessness or transitioning from jails, said Craig Hughes, a social worker supervisor with Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.

Can NYC Reopen Its Housing Courts Safely?

2020-08-05T12:19:20+00:00August 3rd, 2020|

Commercial Observer

“There are questions about how to conduct something as complex as a trial, where people need to be able to cross-examine and raise objections of someone giving testimony, when they aren’t in the physical presence of the witness,” said Marika Dias, the managing director of the Safety Net project at the Urban Justice Center.

NYC courts could face wave of post-pandemic eviction cases

2020-07-21T22:46:29+00:00July 12th, 2020|

Daily News

Marika Dias, director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, said it was critical that tenants know that while evictions are slowly starting to be filed, the process for considering the case and obtaining an order to leave an apartment remains on pause.