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Here’s How NYC’s $101 Billion Budget Addresses Homelessness

2022-06-20T22:48:55+00:00June 14th, 2022|News|

Gothamist

‘We hear from our clients that this is a direct result of closing those programs and they are ending up back on the street,’ said Kathleen Cash, who helps connect homeless clients with benefits and services at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

City staffing shortages lead to months-long waits for housing help

2022-06-13T14:24:58+00:00June 9th, 2022|News|

NY 1

“‘We have a commissioner who's interested, so that's good,’ said Craig Hughes, a senior social worker at [Safety Net Project of] the Urban Justice Center. ‘We don’t have evidence that we've seen of an increase in getting people moved out quicker.’”

Open polling sites at Rikers Island for inmates, advocates say

2022-06-13T14:32:03+00:00June 6th, 2022|News|

NY Daily News

“Greg Williams, 57, who was detained at Rikers in 2020 on a parole violation, said the absentee system was confusing. ‘It just didn’t work the way they had it set up,’ said Williams, an activist with the advocacy group Freedom Agenda...“‘People didn’t know how to get absentee ballots in a timely fashion, who they were supposed to turn to, and there was no one to really advise them."

Amid chaos on Rikers, borough jail plan on schedule with planning, construction in Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn

2022-06-13T13:32:09+00:00June 6th, 2022|News|

NY Daily News

"'Anybody who says that’s not enough [beds] has an investment in incarceration,” [Darren Mack, of UJC's Freedom Agenda] said. “To backpedal against what is now the law, it would be subject to lawsuits.'”

The age-old struggle between the city and street vendors, explained

2022-06-13T14:54:30+00:00June 2nd, 2022|News|

Gothamist

“Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, deputy director of the Street Vendor Project [of the Urban Justice Center], which advocates for the interests of street vendors, said one reason may be that inspectors don’t have the authority to demand that vendors show them their identification, while police do.

City looks to end pandemic-era protections for older and some medically vulnerable homeless people

2022-06-13T14:02:16+00:00June 2nd, 2022|News|

Gotham Gazette

“In addition to removing protections for older adults, the information we've received indicates this is going to affect at least hundreds and probably thousands of people with a wide range of chronic health conditions,” said Helen Strom, director of benefits and homeless advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project."

20-Year-Old Emanuel Sullivan Becomes 22nd Rikers Island Prisoner to Die Since 2021

2022-06-13T13:56:34+00:00May 31st, 2022|News|

Democracy Now!

"In response, [Freedom Agenda] community organizer and Rikers survivor Edwin Santana said in a statement, “This tragedy should show every judge, prosecutor, and elected official who has ignored this truth before — Rikers is a death sentence."