FPWA Responds to New York City Budget Agreement

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito have reached an agreement on the fiscal year 2018 New York City Budget. This $85.2 billion budget agreement makes targeted investments to lift up individuals and families across New York City and includes more than $200 million in support of initiatives championed by FPWA, coalition partners and allies.

As an organization that works with hundreds of human services providers, we value the immediate and long-term significance of the City’s investment in the nonprofit sector in the FY 18 budget and in the Financial Plan. Building on the investment our Mayor has already made in nonprofit, contracted agency staff by raising and funding their wages, the Mayor and the City Council are now taking unprecedented steps to create a cost floor for critical services and for business expenses that will stabilize and sustain the sector. It is recognition of the unparalleled role nonprofits play in ensuring that our neighbors in need receive quality care and support. We commend the City for evidencing its commitment to nonprofits as partners in fighting poverty and achieving equity for all New Yorkers.

Additionally, we commend the Mayor and City Council for their investment in services and supports for older adults, who represent the fastest growing group of persons living in poverty in New York City.

We thank the Mayor and the City Council for their diligent work and remain committed to continuing our work with the City to improve opportunity and equity for all New Yorkers.