For Immediate Release
January 17, 2023
Following NYC Budget Cut Reversals, FPWA CEO Jennifer Jones Austin Calls for More Human Services Funding
New York, NY (January 17, 2023) — In response to yesterday’s preliminary NYC budget announcement by Mayor Adams, Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO and Executive Director of FPWA, issued the following statement today:
“Yesterday’s announcement only underscores the power of coordinated advocacy. The Mayor’s decision to reverse some of the harmful budget cuts to our human services sector, including for the DOE, DSS, DYCD, and DFTA, as well as for public libraries, is encouraging. Yet there is still work to be done. We believe the City must still demonstrate that it values the work of our non-profit partners, not only through the reversal of proposed budget cuts but by raising funding to levels that can ensure our community’s front-line providers receive fair and adequate compensation.
We look forward to continuing this conversation at FPWA’s January 30th event ‘Beyond the Numbers: Empowering the Human Services Sector,’ taking a look at the historical trends of human services sector funding in an effort to inform equitable fiscal policymaking for NYC.”
FPWA is a leading, anti-poverty policy and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening human services organizations and faith institutions, and advancing economic opportunity and justice for New Yorkers with low incomes. Since 1922, FPWA has driven groundbreaking policy reforms to better serve those in need. We work to dismantle the systemic barriers that impede economic security and well-being, and strengthen the capacity of human services agencies and faith organizations so New Yorkers with lower incomes can thrive and live with dignity.