Here you can read the latest press from all of our Projects, and find out about the tremendous work we’re doing every day.

Each of these stories represents lives changed for the better, and we are so proud of our staff for their dedication to the people they serve.

Homeless People Sheltering From the Street Secure City Pledge to Fund Hotel Stays

August 10th, 2020|

The City

Meanwhile, the 30 people living in the hotel rooms meet every Tuesday evening with organizers from the Urban Justice Center and other groups to strategize, by consensus, their proposals to DHS.

NY Courts Say Eviction Pause Continues, For Now

August 10th, 2020|

Law 360

"Cuomo's order gives permission for the courts to maintain a pause on eviction cases moving forward, but he's not requiring them to," said Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. "So we could see a situation where the courts decide that even though they have permission to pause, they don't have to. Cuomo has taken no steps to prevent that."

Queens pols press city on Fresh Meadows shelter-hotel as neighbors plan protest

August 3rd, 2020|

Queens Daily Eagle

The temporary hotel rooms are crucial for preventing the spread of the coronavirus among people experiencing homelessness or transitioning from jails, said Craig Hughes, a social worker supervisor with Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center.

Can NYC Reopen Its Housing Courts Safely?

August 3rd, 2020|

Commercial Observer

“There are questions about how to conduct something as complex as a trial, where people need to be able to cross-examine and raise objections of someone giving testimony, when they aren’t in the physical presence of the witness,” said Marika Dias, the managing director of the Safety Net project at the Urban Justice Center.

The Creative Resilience Project adds hope and joy to the streets of New York during a time of crisis and uncertainty

July 27th, 2020|

Angela Del Sol

“Creative Resilience” has been a four-month project born out of the necessity to use art as a way to cope with the disarray of 2020 and as a community therapy to heal, connect, and communicate solutions. Angela Del Sol, a Colombian-American social entrepreneur and arts activist, chose to partner with The Brave House in order to represent the immigrant voice during a crisis and uplift the morale of the city through beauty, color, and true collaboration. It is a public art display of justice, inclusivity, and community.

The NYPD’s Facial Recognition Policy Leaves A Lot of Leeway the Department Says It’s Not Using

July 22nd, 2020|

Gotham Gazette

"The protocols described by the facial identification policy are quite broad and are still open to rampant abuse," said Albert Fox Cahn, founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) at the Urban Justice Center.

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