FPWA leads and co-leads a number of advocacy coalitions and task forces with our member agencies and community partners to engage in strategic policy advocacy work.
We are known as an organization that brings people together on critical issues and galvanizes unified action to address root problems. Below are the wide-range of coalitions and task forces that FPWA coordinates.
FPWA is collaborating with our member agencies and allies to launch several campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity.
FPWA is a lead agency of Access Health NYC, a city-wide initiative that funds community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide education, outreach, and assistance on how to access health care or coverage. Access Health NYC CBOs target New Yorkers who are immigrants, LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated, and/or homeless, and are experiencing barriers to health care or coverage. The lead agencies train, monitor/evaluate, and provide technical assistance/guidance to the CBOs as well as support a consumer helpline.
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The Day Laborer Workforce Coalition estimates that there are currently 8,000-10,000 day laborers in New York City. An investment in day laborer centers supports the expansion of the existing four day laborer centers to provide services in all five boroughs. These services include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to jobs or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, and workforce training and development.
Ensuring that seniors have maximum independence and continue to contribute to the city’s economic well-being is a key priority for FPWA. In the spring of 2014, we launched a campaign to promote policies and services for New York seniors. We are working with a coalition of aging advocates to create a set of policy recommendations to curb chronic underfunding of senior services, fragmented service delivery, and lack of involvement by older adults in setting priorities. We are also working with member agencies to advocate for an intensive case management model to support seniors with more complex needs.
Since 2013, FPWA has been organizing a campaign to increase worker cooperatives in New York City. Worker cooperatives are democratically owned enterprises that tend to provide higher wages and better economic benefits than other small businesses. Consequently, they are a solution to address long-term unemployment, low-wage jobs, and income inequality. We have been and continue to work with dozens of member and partner organizations to advocate for stronger city policies and funding to expand worker cooperatives.
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