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Mayor Adams overhauls NYC’s embattled rental assistance program, but holds on to shelter rule slammed by advocates

2022-11-21T20:17:55+00:00November 14th, 2022|

NY Daily News

"Kathleen Cash, a homeless advocate with the Safety Net Project, said the pilot is a “positive step,” but questioned the mayor’s argument for more research. “No one needs more research or ‘pilot projects’ to show that ‘housing-first’ works — the available research is comprehensive and readily available,” she said."

40% of NYC Food Stamp Applicants Left Waiting for Benefits, Data Shows

2022-11-21T20:20:41+00:00November 10th, 2022|

City Limits

“Families are struggling to put food on the table especially with rising costs of inflation and instead of the city meeting this crisis, it has become harder for people to access the SNAP benefits they are entitled to,” [Adriana] Mendoza [benefits supervisor at the Safety Net Project] said.

2,600 supportive housing units in NYC remain vacant despite new developments

2022-11-16T14:38:11+00:00November 7th, 2022|


“Early on, the administration committed to ‘streamlining’ placements into supportive housing,” the Safety Net Project [of UJC] tweeted. “Instead, it’s been the same old: layers of bureaucracy & refusal to change the discriminatory, opaque and unaccountable ‘matching’ & ‘interview’ processes.”

Advocates express concerns over National Guard presence at NYC shelters

2022-10-31T16:51:23+00:00October 27th, 2022|


"Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, criticized the Adams’ administration for relying on the National Guard to deal with a humanitarian crisis. 'Adding an arm of the military to the municipal shelters is yet another frightening move by the Adams administration, which has spent the past 10 months putting police front-and-center in response to the City's homelessness crisis,' Hughes said."

Less Than 10% of Tenants Facing Eviction Actually GOt a Lawyer Last Month, Undermining “Right to Counsel” Law

2022-10-31T16:49:13+00:00October 27th, 2022|

The City

"Marika Dias, managing director at the safety net project at the Urban Justice Center, says “it is absolutely possible” that tenants do not know of their right to an attorney, “and particularly right now.” Dias confirmed that outdated materials on Right to Counsel are currently posted around several city courts."

First Look at NYC’s 1,000-Cot Barracks for Asylum Seekers

2022-10-31T16:32:13+00:00October 19th, 2022|

City Limits

"Craig Hughes, a social worker and organizer with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, criticized the new facilities as something of a shadow shelter system and a 'creative and inhumane way to get around the right to shelter.'"