Policy Priorities

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.


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

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


  • FPWA continues to play a leading role in advocating for increased investments in early childhood education with the Campaign for Children and in designing and ensuring the successful implementation and expansion of the Mayor’s Universal Pre-K expansion.

HIV/AIDS and Women of Color

  • FPWA is leading the policy and advocacy work in New York to promote employment, education and vocational rehabilitation services for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
  • In partnership with the HIV Law Project, the National Working Positive Coalition and a host of other HIV/AIDS organizations, we engage service providers and relevant government agencies in discussions to remove disincentives to work, address barriers in accessing accurate information about policies, and advocate for resources and supports for employment, education and vocational rehabilitation services for PLWHA.

Human Services

  • FPWA continues to advocate for investments in the human services sector by urging New York City and New York State to allocate adequate resources to address the greatest demand for critical programs since the Great Recession.
  • We are educating policymakers that funding for human services have decreased while poverty rates and demand for services have increased.

New York Health Act

  • 1.7 million New Yorkers are currently uninsured. Healthcare costs have risen at a rate that outstrips income growth and individuals and families are not receiving the care they need because of burdensome costs and lack of access.
  • The New York Health Act (NYHA) has been introduced in both the State Assembly and the Senate as a possible solution. NYHA would implement a single payer system, which could lower costs and improve outcomes. It would also provide coverage regardless of employment, immigration or financial status.

Successful Aging

  • FPWA believes that older New Yorkers should be able to live in their homes with dignity and support, as engaged members of their communities for as long as possible. While the past two decades have seen an incredible growth in the number of New Yorkers aged 60 and older, funding for the services that support them has not kept up, leaving us with mounting waitlists and a fragmented service delivery system.
  • Rebuilding the safety net that allows older New Yorkers to age in place will require a robust investment in home- and neighborhood-based services, and caregiver supports. Working with a coalition of advocates, and our member agencies, FPWA is working to secure a commitment from the City to fully funding core services provided through the Department for the Aging, including: senior centers, Naturally Occurring Retirement Centers (NORCs), social adult day programs, home delivered meals, transportation, elder abuse, case management, caregiver services, and homecare.

Tax and Budget Policy Analysis and Advocacy

  • FPWA provides analysis on and advocates for tax and budget issues at the federal and city level to strengthen investments for low- and middle-income New York City residents. This priority was created in response to concerns expressed by FPWA’s member agencies about emerging fiscal policy threats from Washington D.C. that would have devastating impacts on New York City’s human services and its nonprofit sector.
  • We will work with city, state, and national partners to provide timely information in an easily digestible manner to facilitate a greater understanding of federal and city tax and budget policy.

*Read our latest policy brief, New York City’s Older Adults Would Suffer Under President Trump’s Budget, here.

Workforce Development

  • FPWA advocates at both the city and state levels for the expansion of education and training opportunities for youth and adults facing greater barriers to employment. Our priority areas include transitional job programs, tax credits for working young adults, and entrepreneurial economic-boosting opportunities such as worker cooperatives.