Policy, Advocacy & Research
FPWA's Statement on Government Budget Cuts to Essential Human Services:
THE VOICE FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES
The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is deeply disturbed about the impact of continuing budget cuts to vital services for New York’s struggling families, including youth programs, services to seniors and individuals with HIV/AIDS. We understand that the multiple rounds of budget cuts were part of the New York State and City’s efforts to responsibly address a worsening economy and growing budget deficits. Unfortunately, government cuts disproportionately impacts children and families who are increasingly vulnerable during tight fiscal times.
Though we understand the challenges faced by the state in these difficult economic times, these are also the times when people are without jobs, run out of unemployment, are at the verge of losing their homes, and have to turn to essential services to feed their families, clothe their children, pay for heat and medicine and other life needs. It is for these reasons that FPWA adamantly opposes any further reductions in funding for essential human services, which would have the most devastating impact on those already in greatest need.
|FPWA hosts NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Press Conference|
|On Monday, January 7, 2013, FPWA opened its doors to Caucus members for their press conference to announce their Legislative and Budget Priorities for the 2013 Session. We have been fortunate over the years to have the Caucus’ support on several issues concerning the most vulnerable residents of our city and state, and we are eager to work with its members and all members of the Legislature to achieve economic, health and education security for all New Yorkers. Visit the Caucus’ website for more info about their priorities for the 2013 Session.|
2011 U.S. Census Data for New York City:
For more visit the Census Bureau online
- For 2011, the New York City poverty rate was 21% with 1.695 million residents living in poverty
- The child poverty rate in the city is at 30% with nearly 1 in 3 children living in poverty in 2011
- The 2011 federal poverty threshold for a family of three was $18,123
|HIV and Workforce Issues||FPWA convened a forum on the employment and vocational needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, followed by a panel discussion.Post forum, FPWA coordinated the HIV and Workforce workgroup which was formed as a result of the forum. FPWA also attend the forum in Washington, DC co-sponsored by the National Working Positive Coalition on this issue.|
|Advocating for Disconnected Youth and Youth Aging out of Foster Care||There is a crisis in New York City as close to 200,000 youth, predominantly youth of color, are neither in school nor in the workforce and thus are “disconnected.” FPWA is a leading voice in advocating for programs and policies to support disconnected youth, with a particular focus on youth aging out of foster care. We have developed a variety of publications and instituted an array of campaigns to address this critical issue. Please click on the links below to learn more about FPWA’s essential work on disconnected youth and youth aging out of foster care.|
Disconnected Youth Forums
Disconnected Youth Advocacy Issues
- Youth Education and Employment Campaign pdf (317866 bytes) : Foster Care Higher Education Scholarship bill and Youth EITC bill
- FPWA initiated a Youth Aging Out of Foster Care work group to develop strategies for improving the experiences and outcomes for these youth. We also held a forum on to shed light on jobs and housing issues for youth aging out of care. Click here for Conference Agenda Part 1 pdf (174809 bytes)
|FPWA's Recent Advocacy Successes|
- Pushed New York City to restore funding for early childhood education and afterschool programs.
- Restored funding for senior centers which prevented the closure of 110 New York City centers.
- Successfully advocated for New York State to implement the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) that enables foster children to achieve permanent placements with related foster parents by providing financial and other supports to the relative guardian.
- Click here for FPWA 2012-13 State Budget Agenda Outcomes Report
- Click here for FPWA 2012-2013 City Budget Agenda Outcomes Report
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research
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