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April 2, 2020

The effects of the coronavirus on New York City are reaching mammoth proportions as the number of people affected soars. It’s been speculated that city and state budgets will take a massive hit due to pandemic response and economic impact. Now we have estimates of how big that hit will be.

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April 2, 2020

On Friday, the president signed into law The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The $2.1 trillion CARES Act provides significant support for people, states, the health care system, small businesses, and yes, big businesses too.

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March 20, 2020

For those stuck at home and looking for distractions, here’s one: The 2020 census has arrived. For the first time this year, the once-a-decade survey can be completed online or by phone, in addition to via snail mail. But that doesn’t mean the federal government’s massive census operations can be insulated from the far-reaching impact of the novel coronavirus.

October 16, 2019

By Jennifer Jones Austin: On a wall in my office at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) hangs a photograph of protestors marching with placards bearing the now-famous declaration, “I Am a Man.” The iconic image comes from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike in 1968, where the road to civil rights joined the path to economic equity. It was an intersection that our country had been careening towards for nearly 350 years. In many ways, neither of those destinations – equality or equity – has yet been reached. The harsh effects of the criminal justice system are a major reason why.

September 10, 2019

Nonprofits in New York have been mobilizing to support SNAP, most recently partnering with U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney to speak out against the proposal which would cut off food assistance for more than 3 million Americans.