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.”
Gothamist“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 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).”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.””
New York TimesThe 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.
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.”
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."