City Hall: 39 people placed in shelter after hundreds of encampment sweeps

2022-05-09T12:39:55+00:00May 3rd, 2022|

Gothamist

 Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, was skeptical about the placement figures released by the administration for the prior year, saying now was the first time the city had put out encampment-specific numbers.

Couple thought to be homeless killed on subway tracks: NYPD

2022-05-02T18:05:31+00:00April 29th, 2022|

Gothamist

“People have found themselves chased from the subways, from the sidewalks, and from the parks, further to the margins and further from support,” said Helen Strom, with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, in a statement.

NYC’s filled just 200 of 2,500 empty apartments for the homeless since Post exposé

2022-05-02T17:56:15+00:00April 26th, 2022|

New York Post

“‘I don’t think we’ve seen anything different,’ said Kathleen Cash, an advocate at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project. ‘Our clients continue to languish on the streets and in shelter.’”

Amid crackdown on homeless people in the subway and encampments, city to close shelter in Financial District

2022-05-02T18:03:08+00:00April 25th, 2022|

Gothamist

"'Really concerning to see the city move to close one of these locations at the same time people on the street are repeatedly telling the city that they don't feel safe in the congregate shelter system and that we need more locations like that,' said Helen Strom, director of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

Mayor Proposes 1,400 Shelter Beds to Move Homeless People Off Streets

2022-04-25T18:26:49+00:00April 24th, 2022|

New York Times

"Craig Hughes, a senior social worker with the [Safety Net Project of the] Urban Justice Center who advocates on behalf of the city’s homeless population, said that what his clients really needed were private rooms as well as permanent housing placements they could access without going through the shelter system."

Mayor Proposes 1,400 Shelter Beds to Move Homeless People Off Streets

2022-05-02T18:00:47+00:00April 24th, 2022|

NYTimes

“Craig Hughes, a senior social worker with the Urban Justice Center who advocates on behalf of the city’s homeless population, said that what his clients really needed were private rooms as well as permanent housing placements they could access without going through the shelter system."

Mayor Proposes 1,400 Shelter Beds to Move Homeless People Off Streets

2022-05-02T17:53:11+00:00April 24th, 2022|

NYTimes

“‘Really concerning to see the city move to close one of these locations at the same time people on the street are repeatedly telling the city that they don't feel safe in the congregate shelter system and that we need more locations like that,’ said Helen Strom, director of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project.”

New York’s Encampments Aren’t Going Anywhere

2022-04-25T18:20:46+00:00April 21st, 2022|

NY City Lens

“Per internal city documents obtained by the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, the city conducted 4,859 sweeps from May 2021 through October 2021. That stretch, toward the end of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, broke a years-long pattern of a hundred sweeps or fewer a month.”

At Bronx Welcome Center, NYC Tests New Approach to Shelter for Street Homeless

2022-04-20T15:03:07+00:00April 15th, 2022|

City Limits

“Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, said moving people from one shelter to another can have “acutely traumatizing and destabilizing” effects and recommended that the city allow people to stay in the hotel until they get an apartment.”

Choose people and housing over crackdowns

2022-04-18T12:57:28+00:00April 14th, 2022|

NY Daily News

In 2017, organizing by NYC tenants won a groundbreaking right to counsel in eviction proceedings that has had stunning success: With tenants now entitled to representation, 84% of tenants with lawyers are able to stay in their homes. Now, in the name of returning to business as usual, this essential right is being trampled by the courts...[and] the result will be displacement and a rapid growth in homelessness.