Curbed“We realize that there’s lots of competition for public space in New York. Street vendors should be part of that,” says Matthew Shapiro, the legal director for the Street Vendor Project. “They should be part of the discussion whenever the city wants to put news stands or way-finding signs or planters or bike racks—these are all important, but vendors are also important, and they need to be a part of that discussion.”
Manhattan TimesOn June 28, the HRA stopped offering assistance for SNAP benefits at its St. Nicholas Center. The center served about 90 individuals per day. In recent weeks, the Safety Net Project spearheaded an effort to keep the center from closing. We organized petition letters and rallied community advocate walks.
The Chief LeaderKiana Davis, a benefits advocate at SNP, discusses the de Blasio administration's use of misleading data to support their closing of an East Harlem snap center. “We think the city has made some misleading statements justifying the closure,” she said during a phone interview. “And we find their statistics highly problematic.”
PatchKiana Davis, our benefits advocate at SNP, speaks with Patch.com about the closure of Central Harlem's food stamp office and its negative effect on the most vulnerable benefits recipients.