NYC Bureaucracy Kept Qualified Homeless Out of Thousands of Vacant Apartments

2022-04-18T13:30:48+00:00April 12th, 2022|

NY Daily News

Helen Strom, director of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project…blamed the reason for that disparity on a rigid system that tends to stymie the needy and poor instead of helping them.

Inside NYC’s Street Homeless Sweeps, Rapid Responses and Signs of Futility

2022-04-20T14:57:45+00:00April 11th, 2022|

City Limits

“Safety Net Project, outspoken critics of the sweeps policy, said outreach teams making cleanup recommendations only sabotage their own efforts and undermine the trust they must earn from homeless New Yorkers as they encourage them to move to shelter.”

Advocates Condemn Adams’ “Violent” Sweep of East Village Homeless Encampment

2022-04-11T19:50:15+00:00April 7th, 2022|

CBS NY

"'It was awful, it was stupid, and it was violent,' said Helen Strom, director of homeless advocacy for Safety Net Project...'What the mayor should be doing is he should be sending out housing specialists to get people into apartments, instead of spending hundreds of thousands of tax payer money on police.'"

New York City Workers Keep Throwing Out Homeless People’s Belongings

2022-04-11T18:15:18+00:00April 6th, 2022|

NYN Media

“'We routinely see them throwing out people’s belongings,' said Helen Strom, benefits and homeless advocacy director at the Safety Net Project, a direct services provider where employees have observed many sweeps firsthand."

‘This is Where We Make Our Stand’: Homeless New Yorkers Refuse to Leave at East Village Camp Sweep

2022-04-11T18:09:43+00:00April 6th, 2022|

Gothamist

“Helen Strom, with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, observed much of the confrontation over the course of the day. 'I just watched probably $100,000 be spent to violently arrest a homeless person who needs an apartment and is just trying to survive in a tent,' Strom said."

Housing Advocates Rally Outside City Hall Against City Effort to Clear Encampments

2022-04-11T18:30:34+00:00April 2nd, 2022|

NY City Lens

“Sleeping in a room with 18 people or so, you have to worry about someone standing over you,” Sarah Wilson, an advocate with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center and VOCAL New York, said during the rally. “Stabilization beds, those are what we need…independent rooms.”