Tapped-Out Tenants Take Charge as Landlords Pursue End Runs Around Eviction Moratorium

2020-11-18T19:59:27+00:00November 12th, 2020|

The City

Harassment “has really heightened throughout the pandemic since the court system has not been an avenue that has been accessible,” said Marika Dias, tenant attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.

NYC Tenant Attys Urge State, Courts To Prevent Default Spike

2020-11-02T13:56:18+00:00October 30th, 2020|

Law 360

"You've lost your case simply by virtue of the fact that you didn't file an answer," said Marika Dias, attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. "That's not irreversible, but that's not a strong position to be in. You have to show both that your case has merit and that you have an excusable reason for the default."

NYC welfare benefit hotline is a mess months after benefits offices shut down, advocates claim

2020-09-14T14:26:53+00:00August 30th, 2020|

NY Daily News

The Urban Justice Center, which is focused on helping people secure public benefits, found that more than 50% of calls to the city Human Resources Administration were dropped and 20% had wait times of more than eight minutes.

As New York Hurtles Toward an Eviction Crisis, These Are the Tenants Most at Risk

2020-09-14T14:28:52+00:00August 19th, 2020|

Curbed NY

Marika Dias, the managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, stresses it’s a small but critical change that gives those tenants a last-ditch effort to defend their homes, but it’s still a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. “That’s a much better situation than what we were going to see unfold,” says Dias. “That said, people are not going to suddenly have their job or their health restored come October 1. The situation demands a political solution.”

Homeless People Sheltering From the Street Secure City Pledge to Fund Hotel Stays

2020-08-10T12:51:25+00:00August 10th, 2020|

The City

Meanwhile, the 30 people living in the hotel rooms meet every Tuesday evening with organizers from the Urban Justice Center and other groups to strategize, by consensus, their proposals to DHS.


2020-04-04T14:04:20+00:00April 2nd, 2020|

The City

For four days, Luis endured a fever, a headache — and a cough that brought him to his knees. An ER doctor at Long Island’s Northwell Hospital delivered the diagnosis for the otherwise healthy “fitness freak,” a construction worker in his early 30s: COVID-19.

Opinion: Youth Homeless Are Falling Through Cracks in COVID-19 Response

2020-04-04T14:06:08+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

City Limits

By all reputable predictions, we are only at an early phase of the COVID-19 crisis. Organizations that run shelters, food pantries, and drop-in centers are already facing a confluence of city neglect, staffing crises and exposure to the virus, and as a consequence are steadily limiting and temporarily shuttering services. Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and programs tailored to serve them, in short supply prior to COVID-19, are facing an unprecedented emergency.

Press Release: From Shelter to Apartment

2020-04-04T14:08:30+00:00February 18th, 2020|

From Shelter to Apartment is a guide design to assist homeless New Yorkers navigating the city’s (DHS) shelter system and finding affordable housing, developed in collaboration with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, the Safety Net Activists, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and design studio 13 milliseconds.