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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. Join us in unified action to address the root problems of critical issues.

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The New York Cash Assistance Narratives Network

FPWA, in partnership with Empire Justice Center and The Legal Aid Society, launched the New York Cash Assistance Narratives Network , a statewide coalition dedicated to strengthening New York’s cash assistance programs and improving the lives of New Yorkers in need.

The focus of the Network’s advocacy is to create opportunities for directly-impacted people to share their experience; raise awareness about both the importance of cash assistance as well as the flaws in the existing program; and change the narrative around who “deserves” assistance. In doing so, we hope to transform the program into one that promotes equity and helps recipients achieve their goals.

If you would like to join the the New York Cash Assistance Narratives Network, please fill out the Google form below. 

Share Your Experience with Cash Assistance!

We are seeking participants for a paid interview to discuss their experiences with cash assistance to aid our advocacy for a better program.

If you are a current or former recipient of cash assistance (Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance; also referred to as “public assistance” or “welfare”) and interested in participating, fill out a brief form below (available in English, Spanish and Chinese).

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Our eye-opening analysis rings the alarm of inequality in our nation. This comprehensive analysis delves into key indicators of education, healthcare, wages, jobs, and voting rights, painting a stark picture of systemic barriers still faced by Black and Brown Americans. 

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About Us

FPWA is anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization committed to advancing economic opportunity, justice, and upward mobility for New Yorkers with low incomes. Since 1922, FPWA has driven groundbreaking policy reforms to better serve those in need. We work to dismantle the systemic barriers that impede economic security and well-being, and strengthen the capacity of human services agencies and faith organizations so New Yorkers with lower incomes can thrive and live with dignity.  

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