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Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement Of NY Anti-Eviction Law

2021-08-18T14:14:05+00:00August 12th, 2021|

Law 360

Tenants should also keep in mind that eviction is a multistep process that has been drawn out in the pandemic, added Marika Dias, attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. "There are still steps that landlords need to take under the law," Dias told Law360. "There's still the fact that courts are not physically reopened or functioning at capacity, and a tremendous number of cases have accrued in the system. So this doesn't mean that landlords are going to be able to evict tenants en masse right away, but it is nonetheless an incredibly harmful decision for New York tenants."

He Has Asthma and Cancer. But He Still Was Moved to a Crowded Shelter.

2021-08-16T12:27:14+00:00August 5th, 2021|

New York Times

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, which has been advocating for some of the people being transferred, said that the city told the nonprofit that Mr. Garrett was sent to a group shelter because the system would not hold a hotel bed for more than 48 hours. But Peter Malvan, an advocate with the organization, said that the city was still obligated to honor the exemption Mr. Garrett had received from being sent to a group shelter, and that it had failed to do so.

In Manhattan, Daily Sweeps Target Homeless New Yorkers

2021-08-04T12:59:27+00:00August 2nd, 2021|

New York Times

The city has increased its number of cleanups during the pandemic. In 2020, from March 1 to Dec. 12, the city performed 1,077 cleanups, compared with 543 during the same period in 2019, according to figures the city released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.

NYC Locks Out Many Homeless Applicants From New Federal Rent Assistance, Advocates Say

2021-08-04T13:12:03+00:00July 27th, 2021|

City Limits

“In the exact same scenario with the local rental subsidy, however, DSS is using a standard that someone’s supportive housing application doesn’t impact their ability to live in the community,” added Craig Hushes, a social work supervisor at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project. “The city’s approach to distributing the EHV vouchers is disability discrimination on its face.”

New York Moves Homeless People From Hotels to Shelters as Virus Cases Rise

2021-08-04T13:09:53+00:00July 26th, 2021|

New York Times

“Cruelty and chaos,” Helen Strom, supervisor of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, said on Monday afternoon. “People are being sent to places where they have active domestic violence cases and orders of protection.

Judge pauses transfer of disabled homeless New Yorkers from hotels to shelters

2021-07-26T12:35:07+00:00July 13th, 2021|


"With all these options for permanent housing, moving homeless people from hotels to dangerous congregate shelters doesn't make any sense and is cruelty that needs to stop now," said Helen Strom, Supervisor of the Benefits and Homeless Advocacy Unit at the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.

N.Y.C. Halts Plan to Move Homeless People From Hotels After Legal Filing

2021-07-11T13:27:09+00:00July 9th, 2021|

New York Times

Helen Strom, the supervisor of benefits and homeless advocacy for the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center... said the people at the hotel who were being wrongfully denied accommodation included women with pulmonary disease, chronic asthma and seizure disorders. “They are right now in flagrant violation of the law,” she said. “The mayor is focused on evicting people from Midtown and wealthy neighborhoods, and he cares about that over people’s safety.”