Policy Priorities

FPWA’s policy, advocacy and research arm establishes policy priorities on an annual basis. Priorities are updated as needed to reflect emerging issues.

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FPWA is collaborating with our member agencies and allies to launch several campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity.

Initiatives / Projects

FPWA engages in special projects and initiatives throughout the year that help to achieve our overall mission of serving New York’s most vulnerable.

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Policy Victories

FPWA has achieved real and measurable progress toward creating shared prosperity while playing a leading role in advocating for fair and equitable public policies.

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Advocacy Coalitions

FPWA leads and co-leads a number of advocacy coalitions/task forces with our member agencies and community partners to engage in strategic policy advocacy work.

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FPWA is collaborating with our member agencies and allies to launch several campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity.

Access Health NYC

FPWA is part of a larger coalition of organizations advocating for all New Yorkers to have access to health care. Access Health NYC is a city-funded initiative to support CBOs that serve immigrants and other medically underserved populations.

Download the new multi-language Guide to Your Health Care Rights & Options community education guide.

For more information, contact Policy Analyst Winn Periyasamy.

Day Laborer Workforce

The Day Laborer Workforce Coalition estimates that there are currently 8,000-10,000 day laborers in New York City. An investment in day laborer centers supports the expansion of the existing four day laborer centers to provide services in all five boroughs. These services include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to jobs or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, and workforce training and development.

For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed.

Campaign for Successful Aging

Ensuring that seniors have maximum independence and continue to contribute to the city’s economic well-being is a key priority for FPWA. In the spring of 2014, we launched a campaign to promote policies and services for New York seniors. We are working with a coalition of aging advocates to create a set of policy recommendations to curb chronic underfunding of senior services, fragmented service delivery, and lack of involvement by older adults in setting priorities.  We are also working with member agencies to advocate for an intensive case management model to support seniors with more complex needs.

For more information, contact Director of Policy Jeanette Estima.

Campaign for Worker Cooperatives: Building Opportunities and Wealth

Since 2013, FPWA has been organizing a campaign to increase worker cooperatives in New York City. Worker cooperatives are democratically owned enterprises that tend to provide higher wages and better economic benefits than other small businesses. Consequently, they are a solution to address long-term unemployment, low-wage jobs, and income inequality. We have been and continue to work with dozens of member and partner organizations to advocate for stronger city policies and funding to expand worker cooperatives.

**Click here to read the report.

For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed.

Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York

Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York is a Statewide coalition of more than 350 nonprofit human services providers, calling for increased State investment in the sector’s workforce and infrastructure. Working under contract with the State, human services agencies provide crucial services to uplift New Yorkers from all walks of life.  The State must ensure these organizations can continue to deliver essential services efficiently and effectively, and to recruit and retain qualified staff.

Formerly Restore Opportunity Now, the campaign launched campaign to bring together human services organizations from across New York State to call for increased investment and systems changes needed to ensure nonprofits can continue to effectively serve communities in New York State.

Read the full report: Voices of New York’s Human Services Sector.

Please see the links below for further information and ways to get involved!

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