June 10, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the Human Services Career Advancement Scholarship, the City’s landmark new program for offering eligible human services workers an opportunity to advance in their careers by earning a City University of New York (CUNY) degree or a social work license. 

June 9, 2021

On June 8, the New York City Board of Correction, an independent oversight board for the City’s jail system, voted unanimously to end solitary confinement in the City’s jails. With the new proposed disciplinary model, New York City will go further than any major jail system in the country in banning solitary confinement. Click to read on.

June 8, 2021

The New York City Democratic primary race for mayor is in its final stretch. We caught up with some of the wannabe mayors and asked them about their vision for race equity and racial justice in our city. The R.E.A.L. Equity Mayoral Candidate Survey was inspired by the compelling issues that surfaced from the R.E.A.L. Talks series back in October. Hosted by FPWA, Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC), and United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), the series centered on how to advance race-conscious policies and programs that would lead to economic security and well-being for Black and brown New Yorkers. You can read what the candidates have to say and revisit the R.E.A.L. Talks at


May 25, 2021

On the anniversary of the killing of George Floyd, Jennifer Jones Austin joined Rev. Al Sharpton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, community and faith leaders to honor and remember his life. […]

May 11, 2021

In Jennifer’s Jones Austin’s latest thought-provoking essay, "Will the Last Really Be First?" she questions why most federal benefits programs are tied to the Federal Poverty Level, a 1960s standard that is antiquated and woefully unrealistic. She writes that the fight against income inequality must start with the acknowledgement that this measure is deeply inadequate. She confronts why this standard must be changed if we are to achieve true economic equity for Black Americans.