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.

Once Upon a Pandemic, NYC Stopped Antagonizing Street Vendors

August 30th, 2021|

Next City

“Some would move, others wouldn’t,” Vivar says. “Trash was being left out, people were fighting among each other. We started going around to talk to people about the Street Vendor Project, about what was going on. One day I had proposed a meeting and we talked to three or four other longtime vendors and brought everyone together.”

NY State’s Excluded Workers Fund Could Be Nationwide Model, If Workers Can Navigate the Restrictions

August 24th, 2021|

Next City

Carina Kaufman-Gutierez, deputy director of the UJC's Street Vendor Project, said the fact that that program disburses money through the Department of Labor rather than non-profits was important and one of the key advocacy areas of the coalition. This would reflect the state’s long-shirked responsibility to undocumented immigrants, she says.

Boost to Skimpy Low-Income Housing Vouchers Leaves Formerly Homeless at Risk of Return to Shelters

August 23rd, 2021|

The City

Two days before the bill went to a planned May 26 vote committee vote, a fourth version of the measure appeared, without any mention of income qualifications. That gave HRA the power to continue imposing its own income cap. Advocates [including our Safety Net Project] noticed the change in the city’s online bill tracker and immediately pressed Levin to restore the missing line lifting the income limits as well as a time limit on aid, to no avail.

The Community Engagement Power 50

August 22nd, 2021|

City & State NY

Mohamed Attia With nearly a decade of experience as a street vendor in New York City to inform his efforts, Mohamed Attia has advocated on behalf of more than 10,000 vendors in the city throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Attia championed legislation passed earlier this year by the New York City Council that expanded the number of permits available to street vendors. However, The UJC's Street Vendor Project’s fight isn’t over yet: It continues to push for the city to stop penalizing unlicensed vendors.

Eviction Crisis Will Put NYC’s Right To Counsel To The Test

August 22nd, 2021|

Law 360

Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project, a legal assistance program operated by the Urban Justice Center, said that with the pandemic-induced housing emergency and a backlog of 18,000 evictions cases pre-pandemic, the city will have to pour more money into civil legal aid services to be able to deliver on its promise — and follow its own law.

Utah politicians applaud OnlyFans’ ban of sexually explicit content, but questions remain

August 20th, 2021|

KSL Utah

Harper Zacharias, director of development of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center said the move by OnlyFans "indicates a troubling willingness of OnlyFans to bend under the slightest pressure of financial institutions. OnlyFans has made its fortune off of the backs of sex workers during a time of global crisis."