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Cuomo’s New Order Opens the Door to Evictions

2020-07-06T14:34:12+00:00May 12th, 2020|Press|

City Limits

By SNP's E.D. Marika Dias:
By opening the door to all these new eviction cases and evictions, the new executive order will quickly take us back to overcrowded housing courts and families facing homelessness—both of which are guaranteed to endanger individual and public health. Cuomo didn’t extend the moratorium, he ended it, outrageously putting all of us at risk.

New Version of Cuomo’s Evictions Ban Seen as Weaker

2020-07-06T14:35:22+00:00May 12th, 2020|Press|

City Limits

Marika Dias, managing director of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, says there are two key categories of tenants that are not covered under the new eviction moratorium: tenants who were being evicted for anything that doesn’t relate to nonpayment of rent (also known as holdover cases) and tenants unable to show that they have faced a financial impact due to COVID-19.

Homeless Booted Out Of Subway Stations During Cold Snap Offered “Warming” Buses By MTA

2020-07-06T14:36:20+00:00May 9th, 2020|Press|


"At the Atlantic Avenue station Friday night, warming buses were not even an option for homeless people because it's not an end-of-line station, said one staffer with the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

Homeless people accept shelter offers as subway shuts down. Still, deaths mount.

2020-07-06T14:36:47+00:00May 7th, 2020|Press|

New York Times

Craig Hughes, a supervising social worker at the Urban Justice Center, said city workers should be offering masks and gloves to everyone they approach and giving blankets to people who do not go to shelters and were now deprived a subway car’s warmth.

Stark Symbol of Pandemic in N.Y.: Homeless People Huddled on the Subway

2020-06-12T10:41:55+00:00May 2nd, 2020|Press|

The New York Times

The city is trying to mitigate the health risk at shelters by moving thousands of people into hotel rooms that are empty because of a lack of tourists. Urban Justice Center, an advocacy group, said the city had not opened enough rooms; the group has raised about $60,000 for more.

Lawyers Launch Effort To Track Policing Of Social Distancing

2020-04-29T22:30:06+00:00April 29th, 2020|Press|

Law 360

Albert Fox Cahn, who directs Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, part of the Urban Justice Center, said that his team hopes to better understand the scope of law enforcement surveillance efforts in order to target potential Fourth Amendment violations as localities work to contain the spread of COVID-19.

City’s homeless-hotel plan still has holes, advocates say

2020-07-09T12:48:23+00:00April 29th, 2020|Press|

Queens Daily Eagle

“While these are certainly steps in the right direction, they are nowhere near what the city could and should be doing right now,” said Craig Hughes, a supervising social worker at the Urban Justice Center Safety Net Project.

Hotels as COVID Convalescent Homes: Challenges for Patients, Staff

2020-07-06T14:39:06+00:00April 27th, 2020|Press|

City Limits

Advocates for the homeless like VOCAL-NY, Human.nyc, and the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center have spoken out about their concerns regarding the need for greater assistance to New Yorkers who are homeless and have been able to access the city’s hotel program.

The health and wellbeing of our staff and clients is of the utmost importance. While we deal with the effects of the coronavirus, our office will be closed. Our staff continues to work to serve our clients and communities, and can be contacted by email. Find out more information (including how to make face masks) here. Ok