City’s Effort to Move Homeless Back to Group Shelters Contradicts Earlier Health Dept. Guidance, Documents Show

2021-09-13T13:51:20+00:00September 9th, 2021|

City Limits

But those earlier draft plans, obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request by advocates from the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project and shared with City Limits, offer a look at the city Health Department’s initial recommendations for the moves, at odds with how the actual transfers have been carried out since.

Judge pauses transfer of disabled homeless New Yorkers from hotels to shelters

2021-07-26T12:35:07+00:00July 13th, 2021|

ABC7NY

"With all these options for permanent housing, moving homeless people from hotels to dangerous congregate shelters doesn't make any sense and is cruelty that needs to stop now," said Helen Strom, Supervisor of the Benefits and Homeless Advocacy Unit at the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.

N.Y.C. Halts Plan to Move Homeless People From Hotels After Legal Filing

2021-07-11T13:27:09+00:00July 9th, 2021|

New York Times

Helen Strom, the supervisor of benefits and homeless advocacy for the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center... said the people at the hotel who were being wrongfully denied accommodation included women with pulmonary disease, chronic asthma and seizure disorders. “They are right now in flagrant violation of the law,” she said. “The mayor is focused on evicting people from Midtown and wealthy neighborhoods, and he cares about that over people’s safety.”

Thousands Being Sent Back to Homeless Shelters in Return to Pre-Pandemic Status Quo

2021-06-30T12:29:32+00:00June 28th, 2021|

City Limits

After Ernest contacted advocates from the groups Neighbors Together and the Safety Net Project, a branch of the Urban Justice Center, organizers arrived to halt the move because residents did not receive the 48-hour written notice required by law. Safety Net advocates have made similar visits to shelters elsewhere in the city ahead of abrupt transfers to unknown locations and have distributed Know Your Rights materials to shelter residents.

City Starts Kicking Thousands of Homeless People From Hotels Back to Shelters

2021-06-30T12:30:54+00:00June 28th, 2021|

The City

“The pattern of moves is very clear,” said Helen Strom, a legal advocate with the Safety Net Project, an advocacy group for homeless and low-income New Yorkers. ”The city’s starting with almost exclusively Manhattan hotels, primarily in Midtown, in white and wealthy areas.”

NYC Touts Drop in Street Homelessness, But Advocates Say Count Obscures Extent of Crisis

2021-05-26T13:53:03+00:00May 20th, 2021|

City Limits

Ahead of the HOPE Count, the city stepped up these number of sweeps, according to records obtained by the Safety Net Project, a group that is part of the Urban Justice Center. A DHS spokesperson said city officials “address conditions as they occur.”

4 Ways the Next Mayor and City Council Must Do Better on Street and Subway Homelessness

2021-05-05T13:07:03+00:00April 27th, 2021|

Gotham Gazette

The Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center acquired the reasons for the rejections via the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The results were appalling, and showed the extent to which the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) take a hands-off approach to the supportive housing application process. People were rejected because of their mental illness, the very reason supportive housing would likely have been a great fit in the first place.

David Rockwell Wants Us to Never Forget Their Faces

2021-03-22T16:51:55+00:00March 18th, 2021|

CURBED

For the past year, Peter Malvan has been working with Midnight Run, the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, and other groups to help the city’s unhoused. This has been especially challenging during COVID, with people fearing that the crowded conditions in the shelters would spread infection. “I’m disabled, but I like to keep busy,” he says. “I used to go to offices for in-person meetings. When virtual meetings happened, that got interesting because my phone doesn’t always work. I didn’t get paid, but I worked.”

N.Y.C. doubled ‘cleanups’ of homeless encampments last year, despite C.D.C. guidance to let them be.

2021-03-08T14:13:49+00:00March 3rd, 2021|

New York Times

From March 1 to Dec. 12, the city performed 1,077 cleanups, compared with 543 during the same period in 2019. The statistic was released by the city in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit whose Safety Net Project helps homeless people.