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City Hall Announces Near-Elimination Of Benefits Case Backlog As Challenges Persist

2024-03-11T12:38:32-04:00March 4th, 2024|

City Limits

“Across the board we’ve been continuing to see people having significant issues with the process in general, in terms of being able to complete interviews, [and] being able to get their recertifications processed,” said Helen Strom, benefits and homeless advocacy director at the Safety Net Project."

NYC Closing Down Bronx Public Benefits Office As Processing Delays Persist

2024-02-21T09:17:02-05:00February 15th, 2024|


"Maria Wallas, 53, said she used the Mount Eden office when she needed help applying for SNAP. She also volunteers for the Safety Net Project. “These centers benefit the people in the community so they can get the assistance that they need,” she said. “Who suffers [when they close]? I suffer. Everybody that lives around here suffers.”

Wait Times For NYC Cash Benefits Worsen, Leaving Vulnerable New Yorkers Hanging

2024-02-05T12:28:16-05:00January 31st, 2024|


“It is absolutely, positively insane. That is not something that should happen, you knew your numbers were at 28%, you said you would do better, where is the doing better part?” asked Diana Ramos, a volunteer with Safety Net Activists [of the Safety Net Project at UJC] who also received public benefits.

Why Are You Making It So Difficult? NYC Cash Aid Applicants Face Denial Surge

2024-02-05T12:26:13-05:00January 29th, 2024|

City Limits

“It's more accessible, people don't have to leave their home,” said Charisma White of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, a benefits recipient who helped push for 2019 legislation requiring quarterly reports on application denials. “But if you're going to use that service, you have to make sure it's working at top notch standards.”

City Council Urges Mayor To Uphold New Protections For Unhoused Residents

2024-01-17T09:01:51-05:00January 13th, 2024|

BK Reader

“We need to actually start housing people instead of warehousing them in shelters,” said Calvin Michael, leader with the Safety Net Activists. “As someone who used CityFHEPS to move out of shelter, I know how important these laws are to getting people housed."

Adams Admin Confirms Inaction on Council’s Rental Voucher Expansion

2024-01-22T11:17:04-05:00January 5th, 2024|

City Limits

"Park’s comments frustrated advocates who pushed for the passage of the full Council package. “I know that I cannot pick and choose which laws I adhere to,” said Patricia Glover, a member of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Activists. “If I run a red light I’m going to have to pay a fine.”

Full Package of Rental Voucher Laws Not On Mayor’s Agenda, Despite Veto Override

2023-11-21T12:30:11-05:00November 16th, 2023|

City Limits

The impending showdown is frustrating for Patricia Glover, a member of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Activists, and a CityFHEPs voucher holder. She spent 18 months in shelter before moving into an apartment with her voucher in March 2022. “That could be so long and drawn out that people are going to fall by the wayside,” she said. 

“No More Room,” City Starting To Feel Effects Of Overcrowded Shelters and HERRCS

2023-11-06T13:27:06-05:00November 2nd, 2023|

Amsterdam News

"The city has been transferring homeless people and abusing them for years in shelters across the city. Now with the 30 and 60-day rules, the city is continuing that abuse and making it even worse for homeless immigrants,” said Dinick Martinez, leader with the Safety Net Activists, in a statement."

How Landlord Tech Is Squeezing Renters Who Can’t Afford Security Deposits

2023-11-06T13:29:10-05:00October 23rd, 2023|


“It's a perverse kind of insurance, almost like a bail bond,” Marika Dias, a housing attorney with the nonprofit Safety Net Project told Motherboard. “Tenants don't really have leverage, aren’t in a position of power to push back on something like this because they need the housing.”