Mayor Adams’ new plan to force treatment upon homeless mentally ill draws criticism and praise

2022-11-30T14:21:41+00:00November 29th, 2022|

NY Daily News

"Craig Hughes, a senior social worker at the nonprofit Safety Net Project [of the Urban Justice Center], said Adams should focus on getting homeless New Yorkers into supportive housing — where they can access social services in addition to shelter — instead of hospitalizing “people for being poor in public.”

NYC Pilots ‘Housing First’ Plan for Handful of Homeless Adults

2022-11-21T19:58:38+00:00November 15th, 2022|

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

2022-11-21T19:55:42+00:00November 15th, 2022|

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."

Arguments Begin in Lawsuit Against NYC Over Homeless Move from Hotel to Shelters

2022-11-21T15:25:58+00:00November 15th, 2022|

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

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|

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.”

Advocates express concerns over National Guard presence at NYC shelters

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

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."