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.

Street Merchants Demand First Vendor License Increase in Decades

October 1st, 2020|

City Limits

"Despite their fundamental contributions to keeping New York City running, street vendors have been excluded from any assistance efforts made available to small businesses, and many of them are struggling to survive,” stated the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center.

Out-of-Work Street Vendors Found Work Feeding Food Insecure New Yorkers

September 30th, 2020|


Over the last few weeks, the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project, with funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, paid about 30 vendors to get back in their trucks to cook free meals for New Yorkers who are food insecure. About 6,500 meals from food trucks were distributed at sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx during the duration of the seven-week program, which ends Friday.

NY Gov. Expands Eviction Defense Law, Not Moratorium

September 29th, 2020|

Law 360

"I think what the governor's press team tells us is what the governor's intentions were," said Marika Dias, attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. "Ultimately, it will be up to the courts to decide the scope of the language of the [order] and what it covers."

New MTA Rules Are Criticized As ‘Anti-Homeless’

September 24th, 2020|

NYC Streets Blog

“The MTA is opportunistically using the pandemic to make long-sought anti-homeless measures permanent, right at a time when the city’s homeless population is most vulnerable,” said Helen Strom from the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.

Street vendors call on city to approve permit bill & remove NYPD from enforcement

September 24th, 2020|


The rally, organized by the Street Vendor Project and the Urban Justice Center, is the second such rally, the other held in August in Times Square sought to convince Council Speaker Corey Johnson to move the legislation to a vote.