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Closure of Union Square benefits center leaves vulnerable NYers scrambling

August 5th, 2022|

Gothamist

“Clients often describe hostile behavior from city benefits workers and say their cases are regularly closed for no reason, a report from the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center found.

Real Estate Is Funding Eric Adams’s Fifth Homeless ‘Outreach’ Initiative. What’s the End Game?

August 2nd, 2022|

New York Focus

‘Corporate-funded outreach teams will most likely be focused on getting homeless people out of sight and off corporate property, far more than getting them housed,’ said Kathleen Cash, homeless and benefits advocate for the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project.”

Flushing’s repeat offenders vendors face fines

July 29th, 2022|

Queens Daily Eagle

“‘There is no question that public safety and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks are crucial for Downtown Flushing and the city as a whole,’ said Mohamed Attia, managing director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. ‘We ask that community leaders meet with the vendors - their neighbors - and share their concerns, and work together to develop solutions.’”

Reform Meets Reality in Rikers

July 28th, 2022|

City Journal

"Rikers inmates are around 56 percent black and 33 percent Hispanic. Longtime BOC member Robert Cohen—who had previously scolded Mayor de Blasio for reforming too slowly—insisted that DOC commissioner Molina, himself Hispanic, exhibited ‘structural racism.’ Cohen recommended that ‘the Department should discharge’ inmates from jail. Indeed, it’s a common sight at BOC meetings for representatives of such organizations as the Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, and the Urban Justice Center to lambast the DOC for its racist inhumanity."

Black Leaders Are Conveying the Far Left’s Unease With Eric Adams

July 21st, 2022|

NY Times

“‘Mayor Adams, your constituents are dying,’ Dr. Victoria A. Phillips, who works with the [Mental Health Project of the] Urban Justice Center, said at the rally. ‘You said you represent the Black and brown community, well, step up. Step up and save us."