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.

Behind 94 Acts of Shocking Violence, Years of Glaring Mistakes

November 20th, 2023|

NY Times

"When [Freedom Agenda member] Nathaniel Evans, 51, started as a peer specialists for one of those teams, run by a nonprofit called CASES, in 2019, he shared a caseload of more than five dozen people, he said. One of his clients was a man named Elijah Muhammad."

New York Women’s Foundation Annual Neighborhood Dinner honors the change makers of Queens

November 20th, 2023|


"The Foundation gave the Neighborhood Leadership Award to...Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez of Street Vendor Project, who has as worked to pass city and state legislation to reform the street vendor industry and to create a relief fund for excluded workers."

Activists Hold Jail Reform Rally In Washington Square Park

November 19th, 2023|


“So often we hear the horrible stories of what goes on in Riker’s island and the New York City Department of Correction,” said Chaplain Dr. Victoria Phillips, a social justice activist [with the Mental Health Project of UJC]. “But we don’t truly hear the names of loved ones who lose their lives in those conditions, those horrible, barbaric conditions that they’re often placed in.”

Full Package of Rental Voucher Laws Not On Mayor’s Agenda, Despite Veto Override

November 16th, 2023|

City Limits

The impending showdown is frustrating for Patricia Glover, a member of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Activists, and a CityFHEPs voucher holder. She spent 18 months in shelter before moving into an apartment with her voucher in March 2022. “That could be so long and drawn out that people are going to fall by the wayside,” she said. 

Bridge Vending Ban Gains Public Support As Vendors Beg For Compromise

November 16th, 2023|


“There are currently no specific vending laws or rules for bridges. The department should create some rather than enact a blanket ban on vending,” said Matthew Shapiro, the legal director of the Street Vendor Project, an organization within the Urban Justice Center."