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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.

David Rockwell Wants Us to Never Forget Their Faces

2021-03-22T16:51:55+00:00March 18th, 2021|


For the past year, Peter Malvan has been working with Midnight Run, the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, and other groups to help the city’s unhoused. This has been especially challenging during COVID, with people fearing that the crowded conditions in the shelters would spread infection. “I’m disabled, but I like to keep busy,” he says. “I used to go to offices for in-person meetings. When virtual meetings happened, that got interesting because my phone doesn’t always work. I didn’t get paid, but I worked.”

N.Y.C. doubled ‘cleanups’ of homeless encampments last year, despite C.D.C. guidance to let them be.

2021-03-08T14:13:49+00:00March 3rd, 2021|

New York Times

From March 1 to Dec. 12, the city performed 1,077 cleanups, compared with 543 during the same period in 2019. The statistic was released by the city in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit whose Safety Net Project helps homeless people.

MTA sticks to its guns regarding policies restricting homelessness in subways despite lawsuit

2021-02-17T14:06:12+00:00February 16th, 2021|


A lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority alleges that rules adopted by the agency to clear stations and trains of homeless men and women are discriminatory, namely by restricting people from remaining in stations for over an hour at a time. Urban Justice Center (Safety Net Project) and Picture the Homeless file the Article 78 petition in New York County Supreme Court on Thursday and the MTA is not backing down

Advocates for Homeless Sue N.Y.C. Subway System Over Covid Rules

2021-02-16T14:35:14+00:00February 12th, 2021|

New York Times

 But the rules exempt so many activities from the one-hour limit — including public speaking, campaigning, leafleting, artistic performances and collecting money for religious or political causes — as to make it “clearly apparent” that their real purpose is to exclude homeless people from the subways, the suit says. The lawsuit was filed by the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project on behalf of Picture the Homeless and a homeless man named Barry Simon.