Policy Victories

FPWA’s policy, advocacy and research team work to substantially and materially improve the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers. We have achieved real and measurable progress toward creating shared prosperity while playing a leading role in advocating for fair and equitable public policies.

2020 Victories



  • $250,000 in Covid-19 emergency funding granted to members to meet basic needs including hunger relief, housing, childcare, and healthcare.

  • $199,000 granted to organizations for emergency hunger relief.

  • $136,000 granted to members for youth programs such as college scholarships, a holiday gift drive, and workforce and mental health programs for at-risk and justice-involved youth.

  • $95,000 granted to members for basic life essentials for older adults.

  • 3,200 attended our trauma-informed webinars for human services staff addressing race, equity, and justice issues.

  • Census 2020

    • Established the Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition

    • $145,000 granted to community-based faith organizations for outreach and organizing

    • 1,000 faith leaders recruited from Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic religions

    • 640 volunteers trained

    • 146,000 congregation members reached


    *Read our official statement in response to the NYC FY21 budget announcement for more details.

2019 Victories



  • $400 million secured in additional funding from New York City to cover the total cost of indirect expenses owed to human services nonprofits.

  • $3 million secured in city funding for Access Health NYC, an initiative that helps individuals and families facing barriers to health care.

  • $2.97 million secured in funding for Day Laborer Centers serving 10,000 workers across all five boroughs.

  • $475,000 granted to organizations for basic life essentials including food, rental assistance, and other emergency needs for older adults, families, and children.

  • $125,500 granted to member organizations for youth programs such as college scholarships, summer camp, internships, and a holiday gift drive.


*Read our official statement in response to the NYC FY20 budget announcement for more details. 

2018 Victories



  • $3.5 million in 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.

  • $2.5 million in enhanced funding for culturally and linguistically competent outreach around health insurance coverage to populations who are uninsured and have barriers to accessing health care.

  • $1.97 million in enhanced funding for services provided by day laborer centers, which provide job referrals, workforce development, Know Your Rights trainings, and protection against wage theft.

  • $9.39 million in additional funding for various Dept. for the Aging (DFTA) core services for senior services which includes enhanced funding for home delivered meals, senior center programs and services and NORCs. There was also $2.75 million in additional enhanced funding for City Council initiatives and additional funding for case management.

  • $9.39 million in additional funding:

    • $2.84 million for home delivered meals

    • $2.8 million for senior centers, programs, and services

    • $1 million for NORCs



  • $2.75 million additional funding for council initiatives:

    • $1. 75 million in initiative enhancements

    • $1 million for case management


    *Read our official statement in response to the NYC FY18 budget announcement for more details. 

2017 Victories



  • $3.048 million in enhanced funding for the creation and support of new worker cooperatives (worker owned and democratically operated businesses) and hundreds of jobs with living wages and improved working conditions.

  • $1.19 million in enhanced funding for culturally and linguistically competent outreach around health insurance coverage to populations who are uninsured and have barriers to accessing health care.

  • $1.5 million in enhanced funding for services provided by day laborer centers, which provide job referrals, workforce development, Know Your Rights trainings, and protection against wage theft.

  • $23 million baselined funding for older adults to address the chronic underfunding of aging services provided through the Department for the Aging (DFTA).

  • $17.6 million to increase indirect rates contracts ($88 million by 2021) for Human services providers that contract with the city to provide essential services are struggling with underfunded contracts that fail to keep up with the rising costs of doing business and with providing adequate wages and support for the workforce.. FPWA asked that the city work to develop a plan to fully fund existing contracts, which would pay for better compensated staff, lower caseloads, infrastructure repairs, client data management, increased cost of rent, and other necessary expenditures to allow the sector to continue serving New York’s communities.


*Read our official statement in response to the NYC FY17 budget announcement for more details. 

2016 Victories



  • $2.248 million was adopted in the FY17 New York City budget as a result of the advocacy efforts of a coalition of advocates, led by FPWA, to focus on expanding worker cooperatives around the city, ensuring the success of existing cooperatives, and identifying 28 new startup businesses to launch and train 20 new cooperative business developers to grow the cooperative support network in NYC.

  • FPWA led the advocacy efforts of a coalition, successfully secured $570,000 for the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative to create new day laborer 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 a coalition of advocates, led by FPWA, $1.07 million was adopted to fund the Access Health NYC Initiative to increase the capacity of community-based organizations to provide education and outreach efforts to individuals who experience barriers to accessing health care coverage insurance, and information.

  • In Fall 2015, FPWA launched our #15andFunding campaign, with our partners at Fiscal Policy Insitute and Human Services Council. Along with our more than 80 coalition members, we voiced nonprofit support for the recently passed minimum wage increase.  We will continue to advocate for increased contract funding for nonprofits to cover costs associated with this increase.


*Read our official statement in response to the NYC FY17 budget announcement for more details. 

2015 Victories



  • Along with the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), FPWA helped to advocate for the City’s first-ever $11.50 per hour wage floor for social service employees contracted by the City. This increased wage will affect close to 10,000 workers.

  • $2.1 million was adopted in the FY16 New York City budget to provide for the creation and support of new worker cooperatives and create hundreds of jobs with better wages and improved working conditions.

  • FPWA led the advocacy efforts of the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative that successfully advocated for the Mayor and City Council to allocate $500,000 to enhance the services provided by day laborer centers, which provide job referrals, workforce development, Know Your Rights trainings, and protection against wage theft.

  • Through a coalition of advocates, FPWA helped to attain a $1 million investment in the Access Health NYC Initiative to provide for culturally and linguistically competent outreach around health insurance coverage to populations who are uninsured and have barriers to accessing health care.


2014 Victories



  • Through coalitions and with the help our member agencies, FPWA successfully restored programs for vulnerable individuals, children, youth, seniors, and families across generations.

  • FPWA led the advocacy efforts of the Coalition for Worker Cooperatives that successfully advocated for the Mayor and City Council to allocate $1.2 million for a new Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative that will create jobs and support entrepreneurs.

  • FPWA was part of the six-member working group responsible for developing the plan that was implemented by Mayor de Blasio making pre-kindergarten free and universal for all four-year-olds in New York City.

  • In the summer of 2014, Governor Cuomo announced a plan to end the AIDS epidemic here in New York. The plan will identify, track and treat people with H.I.V. with the aim of reducing new infections to the point that by 2020, AIDS would no longer reach epidemic levels in New York State. FPWA was one of several groups that advocated for additional funding for the AIDS Institute as part of the NYS Plan to end AIDS. We applaud Governor Cuomo and his administration for dedicating $5 million to the plan.