A Night Out on the City with UJC
We hope you'll join us on June 12th for our annual summer bash,
A Night Out on the City with UJC!
We are excited to announce that once
again A Night Out will be held at the beautiful Museum of the City of New York.
This fun event for young professionals attracts hundreds of our supporters
in the legal, financial, and creative fields every year.
This year, we are excited to have as a special guest Cory Booker, Mayor of
Newark and former UJC staff attorney. Other invited celebrities include Chris
Hayes (MSNBC), Yaniv Schulman (Catfish), Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3 & 4),
and UJC Board Member Fred Mwangaguhunga (MediaTakeOut.com). The event includes
dinner, an open bar, music, a VIP reception area, and exclusive nighttime access
to the Museum itself.
Tickets can be
More than a Home: CDP and VOCAL-NY Release Housing Report
The Community Development Project
and VOCAL-NY are pleased to share our new report,
More than a Home: How Affordable Housing for New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS Will
Prevent Homelessness, Improve Health and Reduce Costs. This report,
based on surveys, focus groups and secondary research, examines the
impact of denying affordable housing to permanently disabled people
living with HIV/AIDS who receive rental assistance. Hundreds of
low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS are homeless and thousands
more are on the brink of losing their homes due to a loophole in state
law that denies them affordable housing. A simple solution – and one
that has broad bi-partisan support in the state legislature – is to
ensure that homeless and formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS
pay no more than 30 percent of their income towards rent. This report
outlines why this is not only humane and just, but also a highly
effective public health intervention that will produce cost-savings
for taxpayers. Read the report here.
9th Annual Community Justice Awards Luncheon
THANKS for all who attended!
Michael F. Coyne
Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Community Leadership Award
Please visit our photo gallery for the event.
CDP and CASA Release Report on Bronx Housing Court
The Community Development Project (CDP) and New Settlement Apartments' Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA) are
pleased to share our newest report,
"Tipping the Scales: A Report of Tenant Experiences in Bronx Housing Court."
This report, which is the result of over 1,000 surveys, 3 focus groups, and 15 judge
observations, documents tenant experiences with Bronx Housing Court. About 2,000
tenants go to Bronx Housing Court every day and in 2012, 11,000 households were
evicted. It is estimated that about 95% of tenants do not have legal
representation while 90% of landlords do. Our research shows that current court
protocols and policies are insufficient to level the playing field for unrepresented
tenants in Housing Court. This report provides simple, common-sense steps that can
be taken to ensure that all tenants receive fair treatment. Read the
Executive Summary in English
and in Spanish.
MHP Obtains Unprecedented Relief for Thousands of Disabled New Yorkers in Settlement with Social Security Administration
On January 11, 2013, MHP and pro bono co-counsel Gibson Dunn &
Crutcher LLP reached a major settlement in a lawsuit filed against the
Social Security Administration (SSA) for systematic, generalized bias
against disabled claimants by five administrative law judges (“ALJs”)
in SSA’s Queens Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (“QODAR”).
Under the settlement, approximately 4,000 individual denied disability
benefits will be entitled to receive new hearings. The settlement
also provides prospective relief to those denied in the future. For
the 30-month period after the court approves the settlement, any
claimant denied benefits by these five ALJs will automatically have
their claim reviewed by the special review unit, and, if granted a new
hearing, will have a right to a new hearing before other ALJs. The
settlement is the largest of its kind and provides unprecedented
Click here to read the press release.
Click here to read the proposed settlement agreement and other
SNP celebrates the release of their book, Street Practice
Street Practice presents recent studies of non-profit organizations involved in poverty relief services in New York City in comparison with programs in existence across the U.S. Street Practice provides a front-line, ground-level perspective on innovative research practices designed to solve community problems. It explores the manner in which organizations bridge the gap between research and policy advocacy, with an account of the ways in which research contributes to alleviating or solving a community problem, as well as details on successes and failures of advocacy work, problems and limitations of their research, funding constraints and political resistance. As such, this book not only offers compelling examples of social change in action, but also serves to introduce models for research and policy advocacy that can be applied similarly in other urban areas.
Thank you to all who shared in SNP’s celebration. To purchase Street Practice, access link below:
Urban Justice Center 2012 Annual Report
The Urban Justice Center’s 2012 Annual Report is now available.
Click here to download
and read about our year of tremendous success! Please, as the end of the year approaches,
make a donation to help us continue to help the poorest New Yorkers in the coming year.