NYC Evictions Creep Up As Housing Courts Get Busier

2022-08-16T16:30:11+00:00August 11th, 2022|

Law360

“Tenant advocates, meanwhile, say recent increases in both filings and warrant issuances are concerning in light of a shortage of available attorneys to represent low-income families in housing court.....Marika Dias, director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, said her organization has been able to increase its staffing somewhat in recent months, but is still struggling to keep up with demand....‘It's very difficult to get in front of the shortage,’ she said.”

NYC Now Leasing 11 Hotels for Families as Homeless Population Rises

2022-08-22T16:17:35+00:00August 10th, 2022|

City Limits

“‘The clear solution is for the city to get serious about housing for homeless New Yorkers no matter where they come from,’ said Karim Walker, an organizer with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center who has experienced homelessness.”

Real Estate Is Funding Eric Adams’s Fifth Homeless ‘Outreach’ Initiative. What’s the End Game?

2022-08-08T14:49:47+00:00August 2nd, 2022|

New York Focus

‘Corporate-funded outreach teams will most likely be focused on getting homeless people out of sight and off corporate property, far more than getting them housed,’ said Kathleen Cash, homeless and benefits advocate for the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project.”

City forced to house homeless families in offices for first time since 2014

2022-08-03T13:06:34+00:00July 27th, 2022|

Crain's NY

“‘We haven’t seen that number since April 2021,” said Craig Hughes, senior social worker for policy and client advocacy at [Safety Net Project of] the Urban Justice Center. “If this continues at pace, we’re likely to hit 50,000 this weekend in those beds, and that’s a frightening mark.””

‘At Their Breaking Point’: Tenants Fight to Stay in Their Homes

2022-06-27T14:46:29+00:00June 24th, 2022|

New York Times

The dam will burst, said Raven S. Dorantes, a managing attorney of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project. It’s only a matter of time. “You are going to see a lot more folks at their breaking point,” she said.

Number of New Yorkers sleeping on streets and subways rebounded to pre-pandemic highs

2022-06-20T22:50:52+00:00June 17th, 2022|

Gothamist

“‘It’s really regrettable the City Council is supporting punitive measures against homeless people,’ said Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.”

Here’s How NYC’s $101 Billion Budget Addresses Homelessness

2022-06-20T22:48:55+00:00June 14th, 2022|

Gothamist

‘We hear from our clients that this is a direct result of closing those programs and they are ending up back on the street,’ said Kathleen Cash, who helps connect homeless clients with benefits and services at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

City staffing shortages lead to months-long waits for housing help

2022-06-13T14:24:58+00:00June 9th, 2022|

NY 1

“‘We have a commissioner who's interested, so that's good,’ said Craig Hughes, a senior social worker at [Safety Net Project of] the Urban Justice Center. ‘We don’t have evidence that we've seen of an increase in getting people moved out quicker.’”

City looks to end pandemic-era protections for older and some medically vulnerable homeless people

2022-06-13T14:02:16+00:00June 2nd, 2022|

Gotham Gazette

“In addition to removing protections for older adults, the information we've received indicates this is going to affect at least hundreds and probably thousands of people with a wide range of chronic health conditions,” said Helen Strom, director of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."