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Research & Analysis-Driven Policymaking and Advocacy

We know that creating a more just city and state means providing direct support to New Yorkers now, and achieving big, bold policy change for the future. That’s why we use policy, advocacy, and research to advance economic and racial equity in New York City and State and bring about meaningful, structural reforms. Key issues of economic and racial equity include income security, living wages, a strong public benefits system, quality, affordable childcare and housing, education and employment opportunities, and a fair criminal justice system. However, in order to truly move towards equity, we know our work must also include structural and systemic reform.

A Look at the Numbers


million working-age households in New York are unable to meet basic needs.


a year falls far short of providing a family of four with the necessary resources to thrive and meet their basic needs. Unfortunately, this is the poverty threshold established by the federal government.


decrease in Federal and State funding over the last year for critical human services to children and families in NYC.


of the 125,000 human services workers are people of color, many of whom do not earn but deserve fair, livable wages.

True Cost of Living

Pervasive low wages have overwhelmed New York City’s workers. But they are also saddled with the burdens of inflation and a housing shortage that further increases New York’s housing costs. FPWA advocates for entrepreneurial, economic-boosting opportunities, transitional job programs, tax credits for working individuals, and the expansion of education and training opportunities for youth and adults who often face great barriers to gainful employment.

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Other Current Policies and Priorities

Our policy, advocacy, and research establishes policy priorities on an annual basis. As new issues emerge and existing ones evolve, FPWA rises to meet and address new challenges.

Reports and Briefs

The policy, advocacy and research unit of FPWA executes a focused policy agenda aimed at building a city of equal opportunity that strengthens New Yorkers.

FPWA's Human Services Funds Tracker

Originally launched in 2019 as the Federal Funds Tracker, FPWA’s newly updated Human Services Funds Tracker (Funds Tracker) monitors federal and state funding to New York City’s human services agencies. By providing comprehensive data on flows of funding to city agencies over time, the Funds Tracker is a useful tool for analyzing the fiscal health of the NYC human services sector and potential policy implications of human services funding levels.

Human Services Hit Fiscal Cliff as Federal and State Human Services Funding Plummets

Our Human Services Funds Tracker (formerly the Federal Funds Tracker) takes a new and significant step by monitoring the flow of state and city funds, in addition to federal data, to New York City’s human services agencies. As anticipated in our previous report, we have been expecting a human services fiscal cliff in the wake of time-limited Covid-19 relief funding. As highlighted in this year’s update, the city has now reached this critical juncture – reaching the lowest level of both federal and state funds in over 10 years – which places immense pressure on the city’s budget and its human services agencies.

For more information, read our press release. You can also visit our Resource Center to watch videos explaining the key findings.

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Make Your Voice Heard!

You can take action right now by viewing and signing one of our current petitions. Help us build a better New York for everyone.

Our Other Work

Advocating for impactful policy alone isn’t enough to create lasting change. FPWA works through other means to create a more equitable New York.

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Strengthening Capacity to Build More Effective and Responsive Orgs

FPWA works to strengthen our Member Agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations.

Raising Awareness, Educating and Mobilizing for Change

FPWA seeks to educate communities, legislators, and the public at large to drive social change and create a more just and equitable society.

Program and Practice Testing to Inform Policy Change

FPWA draws on the knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned on-the-ground to inform policy and systems-level change.

Get in Touch

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