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MTA sticks to its guns regarding policies restricting homelessness in subways despite lawsuit

February 16th, 2021|


A lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority alleges that rules adopted by the agency to clear stations and trains of homeless men and women are discriminatory, namely by restricting people from remaining in stations for over an hour at a time. Urban Justice Center (Safety Net Project) and Picture the Homeless file the Article 78 petition in New York County Supreme Court on Thursday and the MTA is not backing down

Advocates for Homeless Sue N.Y.C. Subway System Over Covid Rules

February 12th, 2021|

New York Times

 But the rules exempt so many activities from the one-hour limit — including public speaking, campaigning, leafleting, artistic performances and collecting money for religious or political causes — as to make it “clearly apparent” that their real purpose is to exclude homeless people from the subways, the suit says. The lawsuit was filed by the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project on behalf of Picture the Homeless and a homeless man named Barry Simon.

Lawsuit: The MTA Is Using The Pandemic To Exclude Homeless From The Subways

February 12th, 2021|


"The rules are not about 'safeguarding public health' and ensuring that essential workers are 'able to maintain social distancing,' but rather are about permanently excluding homeless persons from the subway system," the lawsuit states.The complaint was filed by the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, Picture the Homeless, and Barry Simon, a disabled homeless shelter resident who has been ejected from subway stations because of the new rules.

NYC Transit Authority Accused of Using Covid to Boot Homeless From Subways

February 12th, 2021|

Courthouse News

In September, the transit authority made those rules permanent — a move that advocacy groups Picture the Homeless and Urban Justice Center say effectively bans homeless people from the city’s subway system.

MTA rules wrongly target homeless who use NYC subways for shelter, advocates say in lawsuit

February 12th, 2021|

NY Daily News

The rules were instituted as part of the MTA’s response to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, the MTA made the rules permanent — effectively banning homeless people from the trains, says the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court by Picture the Homeless, Inc. and Urban Justice Center, advocates for the homeless.

Aumentará número de vendedores ambulantes en las calles de New York City

January 30th, 2021|

La Calle TV

Varias organizaciones se han unido para bridarle un apoyo financiero a los miles de vendedores ambulantes de la ciudad de Nueva York. La firma de inversión y de servicios financieros, Morgan Stanley y la fundación Robin Hood establecieron una alianza con la Street Vendor Project de Urban Justice Center para donar miles de dólares a los vendedores ambulantes, según reseña Telemundo47.