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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.”

Shelter Residents Challenge de Blasio’s Homeless Hotel Clearance Policy in Court

2021-08-04T13:13:39+00:00July 9th, 2021|

City Limits

A handful of shelter residents and three advocacy organizations, including the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project and the Coalition for the Homeless, filed a motion in Manhattan federal court Thursday as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit compelling the city to meet the needs of disabled shelter residents.

Disabled homeless sue Mayor de Blasio for moving them back into NYC shelters

2021-07-11T13:37:39+00:00July 8th, 2021|

NY Daily News

“These hotel evictions are cruel, dangerous, illegal and racist,” said Helen Strom, a legal advocate at the Urban Justice Center, who is representing several homeless people included in the lawsuit.

Thousands Being Sent Back to Homeless Shelters in Return to Pre-Pandemic Status Quo

2021-06-30T12:29:32+00:00June 28th, 2021|

City Limits

After Ernest contacted advocates from the groups Neighbors Together and the Safety Net Project, a branch of the Urban Justice Center, organizers arrived to halt the move because residents did not receive the 48-hour written notice required by law. Safety Net advocates have made similar visits to shelters elsewhere in the city ahead of abrupt transfers to unknown locations and have distributed Know Your Rights materials to shelter residents.

City Starts Kicking Thousands of Homeless People From Hotels Back to Shelters

2021-06-30T12:30:54+00:00June 28th, 2021|

The City

“The pattern of moves is very clear,” said Helen Strom, a legal advocate with the Safety Net Project, an advocacy group for homeless and low-income New Yorkers. ”The city’s starting with almost exclusively Manhattan hotels, primarily in Midtown, in white and wealthy areas.”

NYC Touts Drop in Street Homelessness, But Advocates Say Count Obscures Extent of Crisis

2021-05-26T13:53:03+00:00May 20th, 2021|

City Limits

Ahead of the HOPE Count, the city stepped up these number of sweeps, according to records obtained by the Safety Net Project, a group that is part of the Urban Justice Center. A DHS spokesperson said city officials “address conditions as they occur.”

4 Ways the Next Mayor and City Council Must Do Better on Street and Subway Homelessness

2021-05-05T13:07:03+00:00April 27th, 2021|

Gotham Gazette

The Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center acquired the reasons for the rejections via the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The results were appalling, and showed the extent to which the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) take a hands-off approach to the supportive housing application process. People were rejected because of their mental illness, the very reason supportive housing would likely have been a great fit in the first place.