Supporting Communities

Strengthening Member Agencies

FPWA strengthens member agencies and other human service providers by helping to build their operations and meet the needs of their communities.

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Supporting Communities

FPWA operates a number of programs that provide its member agencies with the support needed to help improve the lives of their clients and communities.

FPWA operates a number of programs that provide its member agencies with the support needed to help improve the lives of their clients and communities.

Individual Financial Support

EFSP Rent or Utility Arrears Fund

FPWA currently has funds available to pay for one month of rent or utility arrears. Applicants must provide proof that rent or utility is only one month in arrears. Assistance is offered through our Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds. If a clients’ rent or utility has been previously paid by an EFSP grant in 2017, they are ineligible to apply.

An advocate must first assess individual cases and call or email Blanche Centeno-Hatwood, Program Manager at 212-801-1366 or with specific details, including financial and background information available, in order to proceed with the application process.

*Funds are limited and will expire August 31, 2017.*

Camp Scholarships

FPWA offers member agencies that operate day or sleep-away camps the opportunity to apply for camp scholarships. Once granted, each agency is responsible for deciding how to allocate those funds to the applicants of their camp.

For more information, click here.

College Scholarships

FPWA provides member agencies with opportunities for their youth to apply for college scholarships. Each agency can refer up to two students entering their junior year and up to two students entering their senior year, for a total of four referrals per agency.

We are accepting applications through June 20, 2016. For more information, click here.

Financial Assistance

  • Agency Administered Grants:
    FPWA provides grants directly to member agencies so that you may assist clients with things such as rent or utility arrears and one-time essential items and/or fees. All participating agencies are required to attend a case assessment workshop and to secure and retain required documentation for grants made under this program. Each year, an RFP is issued in January, and grants are awarded in April.
  • Individual Financial Assistance:
    FPWA also accepts referrals of individual cases from member agencies to assist clients with the same needs mentioned above.

Senior Stipends

FPWA’s Senior Stipend program provides ongoing financial assistance to New York City residents ages 66 and up who meet certain criteria and who are receiving case management. This program enables participants to remain in their homes and to have support and access to services from licensed social workers. Openings in the program are infrequent.

For more information regarding all financial support, please contact Blanche Centeno-Hatwood, LMSW Program Manager.

Charitable Support 

Product Donations

FPWA regularly receives product donations, which we then distribute to member agencies.

Holiday Toy & Gift Drive

Each year, FPWA holds a holiday toy and gift drive to which member agencies can submit a request to receive part of the distribution. We collect thousands of toys and other gifts from September through December. Member agencies that serve children 16 and under are eligible to participate.

If you’d like to donate toys or gifts, please complete the form below:

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View FPWA’s 2015 Holiday Toy and Gift Drive launch here.