City Limits"The 80 units “are a positive option for 80 people,” said Kathleen Cash, a homeless and benefits advocate with the organization Safety Net Project. “But there are some 2,600 vacant supportive housing units, more than when this administration began, and there are serious actions the city can take— that it has power over—to fill those units. They’ve simply refused to do so.”
Dispute begins in a court case against NYC over Moving Homeless People from a Hotel to an Emergency Shelter
Local Today"The lawsuit against New York City...was filed by the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center — a group that advocates for stronger safety nets — and alleges about 39 homeless people are new Yorkers lost thousands of dollars worth of personal belongings and wages when de Blasio announced in June 2021."
Gothamist"The lawsuit against New York City...was brought by the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center...and claims that roughly 39 homeless New Yorkers lost thousands of dollars worth of personal belongings and wages when de Blasio announced in June 2021 that he planned to move homeless people out of hotel rooms and back into dormitory style facilities..."
Mayor Adams overhauls NYC’s embattled rental assistance program, but holds on to shelter rule slammed by advocates
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."
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.
6sqft“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.”
NY Times"The city, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, said that there were “2,585 vacant (online) units.”
Local Today"On Monday, the city responded to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project that there were “2,585 free (online) units.”
Gothamist"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
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."