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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.

Program Modeling that Informs Systems Policy

Through policy research and advocacy and our contact with Member Agencies and communities, FPWA works to model policy on what will have the most effective impact to keep New Yorkers housed, fed, healthy, safe, and on a path to economic stability.

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People-Centered Systems

The Human Services Sector plays an integral role in supporting the needs of individuals. To truly create positive change in the lives of individuals however, we must make significant changes at the systems level.  We must address the ways in which systemic trauma, poverty, and bias play out in the day-to-day lives of individuals and communities. FPWA offers trainings and other resources that address these large issues and connect the dots between direct service programs, policy advocacy, and systemic change.

Poverty to Prison Pipeline

If you are poor in New York City – especially if you are a low-income person of color – there’s an increased likelihood that you will be drawn into the criminal justice system. The challenges of economic survival then multiply and often have intergenerational, destabilizing effects. A mechanism is already in place, however, that can help interrupt this pipeline – human service organizations.

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Leadership and Organizational Development

FPWA provides training and technical assistance to nonprofits to develop skilled and talented staff, and strengthen their ability to serve the ever-changing needs of the communities they serve.

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Please be advised that by registering for this event, unless we hear from you otherwise, we will include you as part of our regular mailing list and you may receive solicitations from FPWA. Please also be advised that the event will be recorded by FPWA. By enrolling for this event, you hereby: (1) give consent for FPWA or any third parties to use your photograph or image in its print, online and video publications; (2) release FPWA, its employees and any outside third parties from all liabilities or claims that you might assert in connection with the above-described uses; and (3) waive any right to inspect, approve or receive compensation for any materials or communications, including photographs, videotapes, website images or written materials, incorporating photos/images of you. To revoke this waiver, please email info@fpwa.org

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Make Your Voice Heard!

Wondering how you can help? Take action by viewing and signing one of our current petitions!

Our Other Work

Our program to policy modeling isn’t enough to create sustainable change. FPWA works through other means to create a more equitable New York.

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Research & Analysis-Driven Policymaking and Advocacy

FPWA shapes and execute a policy agenda that is well-informed, evidence-based, and ground in the realities faced by lower income New Yorkers.

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.

Get in Touch

Have a question you can’t find the answer to here? Need to contact an FPWA Board member or an FPWA staff member? Reach out to us!

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NYC Funds Tracker Dashboard and Analysis

The interactive open data dashboard helps you visualize and track the city budget, with a specific focus on the critical human services funding we rely on.

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