FY17 budget includes more than $100 million in funding for initiatives that advance upward mobility.
June 14, 2016
The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is pleased that the FY 2017 City budget includes funding for initiatives championed by FPWA and its coalition partners which promote upward mobility and economic equity for all New Yorkers.
With the strong leadership of Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Annabel Palma, the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative was funded at $2.248 million. Worker cooperative businesses are startups that anchor jobs in local communities across the city and encourage entrepreneurship, and build wealth and civic leadership among low-wage workers. With the investment of the City Council, over the past 1.5 fiscal years, the Worker Cooperative Coalition has achieved significant results including tripling the worker cooperative ecosystem in NYC from 20 cooperatives to 67. In FY17, the initiative will focus on expanding of worker cooperatives around the city, ensuring the success of existing cooperatives, and identifying 28 new startup businesses to launch and training 20 new cooperative business developers to grow the coop support network in NYC.
We applaud the City Council for its continued investment in the Access Health NYC Initiative by investing $1.07 million. More than one in ten New York City residents lack health insurance, and in some neighborhoods, the rate of uninsured New Yorkers is as high as 22%. Access Health NYC increases the capacity of community-based organizations to provide education and outreach efforts to individuals who experience barriers to accessing health care coverage and information. With a $1 million investment in FY16, the initiative funded 12 organizations across the five boroughs to conduct over 100 trainings and workshops through New York City, as well as conduct individual and digital marketing outreach. In FY17, funding will further increase the capacity of the 12 organizations to address unmet demand for services, as well as fund additional organizations to reach other underserved communities.
Councilmember Carlos Menchaca’s strong support of the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative, with an investment of $570,000, will allow this initiative to create new centers in the Bronx and Queens, and upgrade centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island. These centers will better serve New York City’s growing day laborer population of approximately 8,000-10,000 workers through job and critical service referrals, wage theft legal clinics, “know your rights” trainings and workforce development. FY16 funding allowed the initiative to establish and support day laborer centers, which provide essential services to day laborers an often forgotten, marginalized and exploited workforce who contributes greatly to the fabric of New York City.
While the Interfaith Leadership Institute Initiative was not funded this fiscal budget year, FPWA is grateful for the support of Council Members Donovan Richards and Mathieu Eugene, who both allocated funding to support the training of faith leaders in their communities through FPWA’s faith advocacy and engagement programs. We look forward to engaging with faith leaders in each New York City district over the next year ensure this essential program will be implemented citywide.
FPWA also thanks Mayor de Blasio and the City Council for their investment in human services that support vulnerable New Yorkers. The FY17 budget includes $39 million a year in baselined funding for the Summer Youth Employment program, $17.5 million for 26,000 summer seats for middle school youth and $17.6 million to restore and expand after-school programming for 9,000 children. Summer jobs and afterschool programs are vital to working families across the city. They play a key role in reducing poverty and they offer a safe space for many New York City children and youth during the out-of-school summer months. Summer programming must be a priority in any agenda seeking to promote equal opportunity.
We are, however, disappointed that the FY17 budget includes only $1.8 million in funding for case management for older adults, a funding cut that will ultimately lead to staff layoffs and a disconnect in services. Older adults are the fastest growing population in New York City and are increasingly affected by poverty, yet less than 1% of the City budget is allocated to their care. We remain committed to ensuring that they are provided with access to critical services such as case management and home care, and we look forward to working with the Mayor and the Council to make certain this population receives supportive services.
FPWA thanks the Mayor and the City Council for their commitment to improving opportunities for upward mobility and Building a City of Equal Opportunity. We look forward to working with them to grow these vital initiatives.
**See below for a complete chart on funding for initiatives in FY16 and FY17.
|FPWA INITIATIVES||FY 16 ADOPTED BUDGET||FPWA FY17 PROPOSED FUNDING||FY 17 ADOPTED BUDGET|
|Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative– Enhanced funding for the creation and support of new worker cooperatives (worker owned and democratically operated businesses) and creates hundreds of jobs with living wages and improved working conditions.||$2.1 million||$3.8 million||$2.248 million|
|Access Health NYC– Enhanced funding for culturally and linguistically competent outreach around health insurance coverage to populations who are uninsured and have barriers to accessing health care.||$1.0 million||$5.0 million||$1.1 million|
|Day Laborer Workforce Initiative– Enhanced funding for services provided by day laborer centers, which provide job referrals, workforce development, Know Your Rights trainings, and protection against wage theft.||$500,000||$1.8 million||$570,000|
|Interfaith Leadership Institute- Not funded in FY17, FPWA proposed to create a citywide initiative to train 102 New York City diverse faith leaders in the upcoming fiscal year to better engage their communities, partner with public and nonprofit services, and be positive community change agents.||$425,000|
|OTHER HIGHLIGHTED INITIATIVES||FY 17 ADOPTED BUDGET|
|Education, Child Care and Youth Development|
|Summer Youth Employment Program- Baselined and enhanced funding to ensure summer employment for 60,000 youth, plus 6,000 more slots for year-round jobs through Work, Learn and Grow (from $21 million in FY16)||$38.5 million|
|Summer Afterschool Programs- Restored summer camp slots for 23,000 middle school students to participate in the SONYC Summer School Program and 6,600 slots for elementary school students in COMPASS||$17.5 million|
|COMPASS- Enhanced funding for 3,400 COMPASS Elementary after-school slots that were funded by the City Council in FY16 and create 5,600 new Elementary school slots. (from $9.9 million in FY16)
|Beacons- Enhanced funding for improving rates for Beacon Community Centers. Beacon budget will increase from $345,000 per Beacon to $550,000 per Beacon in FY17||$5.6 million|
|Cornerstones- Enhanced funding for cleaning Cornerstone Community Centers||$918,000|
|Year-Round Youth Employment Program (Work, Learn, & Grow)- Restored funding to provide 6,000 youth with year round employment
|Child Care Vouchers- restored funding to provide special child care funding vouchers (formerly known as Priority 5 vouchers) for low-income families with school-aged children||$3 million|
|Adult and Older Adult Services|
|Adult Literacy- Enhanced funding in adult literacy programs, including Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages and High School Equivalency preparation classes through DOE and DYCD (from $1.3 million in FY16)||$12.0 million|
|Senior Case Management- educed funding to move 20,000 low income and homebound seniors off the DFTA case management waiting list (from $3 million in FY16)||$1.8 million|
|Salaries for Case Management- Baselined and enhanced funding to increase the average salary for LMSW’s from $30,000- to $50,000 over two years||$4.8 million|
|Mental Health Services in Senior Centers (ThriveNYC) – Enhanced funding to provide social workers at senior centers, to coordinate behavioral health, psychiatric, and medical treatment, focusing on mental health services||$1.4 million|
|6th Congregate Weekend Meal- Restored funding for an additional weekend meal for Neighborhood senior centers and for weekend home delivered meals||$1.2 million
|Homecare –Restored funding for DFTA’s homecare program to eliminate waitlists||$2 million
|Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)- Restored funding for supportive services for NORCs and Neighborhood NORCs (NNORCs).||$3.85 million
|LGBT Senior Services in Every Borough- Restored funding to ensure that LGBT seniors will have access to full services||$1.5 million|
|NYC Support Our Seniors – Restored funding for any organization funded through a city agency that administers senior services and programming||$1.5 million|
|Healthy Aging Initiative: Restored funding to support: 1) programs that promote healthy behaviors such as physical activity, smoking cessation, nutrition and infectious diseases; 2) programs that detect the onset of chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension; 3) programs such as strength training to prevent falls and other injuries through education or exercise; and 4) programs to teach older adults practical skills to manage the pain of arthritis or deal with fatigue and stress||$1.81 million|
|Holocaust Survivors: Restored funding to support Holocaust survivors living at or below the poverty line by offering a range of social services and supports to maintain and improve their quality of life||$2.5 million|
|Social Adult Day Care- Restored funding to provide operational support to social adult day care programs, which provide non-medical adult day care services to individuals with cognitive or physical limitations||$950,000|