Bill to Require Mental Health Staff at Family Shelters Spurs Worry Over ‘Unintended Effects’

2022-09-19T13:10:55-04:00September 15th, 2022|

City Limits

“But other advocates argued the resources the legislation looks to provide, while well-intended, would be better used to shore up mental healthcare options for families in shelter outside the facilities they’re staying in. ‘We think a better option for the city is to fund dedicated lines for additional mental health support off-site,’ said Helen Strom, homeless and benefits director at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project.”

1 in 6 homeless New Yorkers eligible for supportive housing assistance received aid, report finds

2022-09-19T13:07:55-04:00September 14th, 2022|


“Among the report’s findings was how few people living on the streets and in the subways, parks, and other public spaces were directly placed into permanent housing. ‘That number is shocking,’ said Craig Hughes, a social worker with the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.

City’s Supportive Housing Remains Out of Reach for Most Applicants, Data Shows

2022-09-14T15:41:11-04:00September 9th, 2022|

City Limits

“Until recently, the city did not publicly release details on supportive housing acceptance and rejections, forcing advocates at Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project to file Freedom of Information Law requests to access that data (the organization did so for years, sharing the findings on Twitter).”

NYC Evictions Creep Up As Housing Courts Get Busier

2022-08-16T16:30:11-04:00August 11th, 2022|


“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

2022-08-22T16:17:35-04:00August 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?

2022-08-08T14:49:47-04:00August 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

2022-08-03T13:06:34-04:00July 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

2022-06-27T14:46:29-04:00June 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

2022-06-20T22:50:52-04:00June 17th, 2022|


“‘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

2022-06-20T22:48:55-04:00June 14th, 2022|


‘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."