Queens pols press city on Fresh Meadows shelter-hotel as neighbors plan protest

2020-08-05T13:46:49+00:00August 3rd, 2020|

Queens Daily Eagle

The temporary hotel rooms are crucial for preventing the spread of the coronavirus among people experiencing homelessness or transitioning from jails, said Craig Hughes, a social worker supervisor with Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.

Can NYC Reopen Its Housing Courts Safely?

2020-08-05T12:19:20+00:00August 3rd, 2020|

Commercial Observer

“There are questions about how to conduct something as complex as a trial, where people need to be able to cross-examine and raise objections of someone giving testimony, when they aren’t in the physical presence of the witness,” said Marika Dias, the managing director of the Safety Net project at the Urban Justice Center.

NYC courts could face wave of post-pandemic eviction cases

2020-07-21T22:46:29+00:00July 12th, 2020|

Daily News

Marika Dias, director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, said it was critical that tenants know that while evictions are slowly starting to be filed, the process for considering the case and obtaining an order to leave an apartment remains on pause.

Brooklyn To Resume Some Pre-Pandemic Housing Trials

2020-07-09T18:24:48+00:00July 9th, 2020|

Law 360

Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, urged the court to reverse course "immediately." "NYC housing court's indication that they intend to move forward with eviction trials is dangerous and shows a complete disregard for the lives of tenants, their families and the community at large," she said. "It is also entirely at odds with the directive from New York state's chief administrative judge, which explicitly suspends all eviction cases statewide until further notice."

State of NYC Housing on All of It w/ Alison Stewart

2020-07-09T12:37:14+00:00July 6th, 2020|

Alison Stewart - NPR

Marika Dias, tenant attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, explains what tenants should know about the new Tenant Safe Harbor Act, and why many are still pushing for rent during the pandemic to be cancelled altogether.

The Effort to Move Every Homeless New Yorker Into a Hotel

2020-07-06T14:29:20+00:00June 26th, 2020|

Next City

The Homeless Can’t Stay Home campaign launched in March. While its founding organizations, including Human.NYC, VOCAL NY and the Safety Net Project, a division of the Urban Justice Center, push for the city to take on a coordinated effort to move unsheltered people into hotel rooms, the campaign has also raised $128,000 through a GoFundMe, which has allowed them to house about 28 people in hotel rooms.

As Moratoriums Start to Lift, Preparing for an Eviction Wave

2020-07-06T14:30:08+00:00June 25th, 2020|

Shelter Force

“We’re really trying to make sure that tenants have access to information,” says Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. The Urban Justice Center is one of more than 25 tenant advocacy groups that are part of the Right to Counsel Coalition in New York City.

When the NYC subway is your home—and you’re evicted every night

2020-07-06T14:32:50+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Curbed

Anthony Williams, a 67-year-old homeless New Yorker who is now staying in a hotel, had been sleeping on the subway as of a few weeks ago, but he was able to get a hotel room for himself through funds from a GoFundMe campaign organized by the Urban Justice Center.

NY Atty Confusion, Concern Around New Virus Eviction Rule

2020-07-06T14:33:34+00:00May 13th, 2020|

Law 360

"What Cuomo is proposing beginning June 20 is not a moratorium but is prohibiting certain types of cases," Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, told Law360. "What that means in practice is that it's going to shift the onus onto the tenants to make sure they fit into that category."

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