Advocates express concerns over National Guard presence at NYC shelters

2022-10-31T16:51:23-04:00October 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."

Less Than 10% of Tenants Facing Eviction Actually GOt a Lawyer Last Month, Undermining “Right to Counsel” Law

2022-10-31T16:49:13-04:00October 27th, 2022|

The City

"Marika Dias, managing director at the safety net project at the Urban Justice Center, says “it is absolutely possible” that tenants do not know of their right to an attorney, “and particularly right now.” Dias confirmed that outdated materials on Right to Counsel are currently posted around several city courts."

First Look at NYC’s 1,000-Cot Barracks for Asylum Seekers

2022-10-31T16:32:13-04:00October 19th, 2022|

City Limits

"Craig Hughes, a social worker and organizer with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, criticized the new facilities as something of a shadow shelter system and a 'creative and inhumane way to get around the right to shelter.'"

Why New York Is Resorting to Tents to House Surge of Migrants

2022-09-26T13:44:37-04:00September 22nd, 2022|

New York Times

Kathleen Cash, an advocate at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, called the pictures of what the centers might look like “devastating.” “Opening short-term municipal refugee camps through a separate city bureaucracy — while the mayor has repeatedly failed to honor the right to shelter, and has announced plans to ‘reassess’ it — is the kind of approach many feared this administration would take,” she said.

The NYPD Now Decides What Homeless Encampments Get Swept

2022-09-26T13:51:07-04:00September 21st, 2022|

City Limits

“This decision is directly in line with his belief in widely discredited broken windows theories of public safety, which have hit poor and working-class Black and Latinx New Yorkers hardest,” said Karim Walker, an organizer and outreach worker with the Safety Net Project [of the Urban Justice Center]. “These sweeps are designed to break spirits and get people out of sight.

What Would NYC Look Like Without Right to Shelter? Bleak, Say the People Who’ve Needed It

2022-09-21T13:18:53-04:00September 20th, 2022|

City Limits

Given the persistent crisis, what New York City really needs is a right to housing, said Karim Walker, an organizer [with the Safety Net Project] who spent years staying in public spaces, in DHS men’s shelters and in SafeHavens—facilities with fewer restrictions than the broader shelter network—before getting an apartment through a housing lottery.

NYC ‘nearing its breaking point’ amid influx of migrants, reassessing longstanding procedures

2022-09-19T13:14:39-04:00September 15th, 2022|

ABC News 7

“Challenging the right to shelter is dangerous,’ the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center wrote on Twitter. ‘Without this right, tens of thousands of people will be on the street.”