Initiatives / Projects

In addition to our work on issue-oriented campaigns and key policy priorities, FPWA also engages in special projects and initiatives throughout the year that help to achieve our overall mission of serving New York’s most vulnerable.

Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline Initiative

To effectively work towards the reduction of both poverty and mass incarceration, and the correlation between being both poor and justice involved demands a targeted approach. Launched with a grant from the Ford Foundation, the Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline Initiative has convened a task force to 1) conceptualize systems’ and community-based responses to reducing justice involvement and the mass incarceration of low-income people through the frame of poverty reduction; and 2) to develop a set of recommendations and a coordinated, targeted response for the City and community-based human services agencies. We are working to build and strengthen a more integrated services approach to shut down the pipeline of low-income persons becoming justice involved and to better address the needs of those exiting detention and incarceration.

For more information, contact Director of Policy Jeanette Estima.

Nonprofit Resiliency Committee

FPWA sits on the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee and each of its subgroups. The Nonprofit Resiliency Committee was established in 2016 to build collaboration and to expand lines of communication between the City and the nonprofit human service sector. The Committee is charged with identifying, designing and launching solutions to support the sector in the areas of administrative processes, service and program design and organizational infrastructure. The Committee is co-chaired by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Dr. Herminia Palacio and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery. The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services coordinates the Committee with support from the Mayor’s Office of Operations and Office of Management and Budget. The committee is divided into three workgroups which will address administrative processes, service and program design, and organizational infrastructure. The workgroups are charged with identifying priorities and launching corresponding practices and policies.

For more information, contact Chief Program and Policy Officer Emily Miles.