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    Sign-On Urging New York's Congressional Delegationto
    Oppose the Farm Bill's Proposed
    Cuts to Food Assistance

    April 20, 2018

    [MOC NAME]
    [MOC ADDRESS]
     

    Dear Rep. [X]:

    We, the undersigned organizations representing [faith leaders/service providers/charitable organizations/nonprofit organizations/etc.—will fill in this section based on our signers] in New York, write to express our strong opposition to the partisan Farm Bill, put forth by President Trump and Congressional Republicans, that would end or reduce food assistance for a substantial number of low-income New Yorkers, including children in working families.

    Moreover, even though the President’s budget was largely rejected, we are deeply concerned about the flawed policy proposals contained within, many of which have been echoed by Speaker Ryan and other congressional leaders under the banner of so-called “welfare reform” and now “workforce development.” Make no mistake, these are code words for making cuts to Medicaid, housing, and other programs that, when full funded, strengthen the economy, improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers, and demonstrate how we as a State value opportunity and dignity.

    They seek every opportunity to make deep cuts to services that support low- and middle-income families, children, older adults, and people with disabilities, predictably citing the soaring federal deficit exacerbated by the outlandish $1.9 trillion in tax cuts – 80% of which will flow to the top 1%.

    In New York, 840,000 children are lifted above the poverty line each year by safety net programs; 597,000 residents were lifted out of poverty by the earned income tax credit and child tax credit from 2011 - 2013; 576,000 low-income households rely on federal rental assistance; 2,968,000 residents received SNAP in FY 2016; and hundreds of thousands more rely on investments in job training, education, and other social services. More information on the programs included in non-defense discretionary is available here.

    May is critical. Both the Senate and the House will be in recess from April 30 - May 4. The House Agriculture has passed the harmful version of the Farm Bill that was introduced just last week, and the full House is expected to vote on the bill upon return from recess in early- to mid-May.

    We call on the New York congressional delegation to fully fund these programs and defend them from budget cuts, ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need to live healthy and productive lives.

    The Federal Tax and Budget Response Team is a state-based coalition whose steering committee includes FPWA, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, Fiscal Policy Institute, Human Services Council of New York, United Neighborhood Houses, and more. Last year’s effort saw more than 100 New York organizations sign on to urge Congress to reject budget cuts.

     

  • Strong Nonprofits in 30 Day Amendments

     

    Action Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 7th

    Join Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York in urging Governor Cuomo to include critical funding needs in his thirty day amendments.  

    Simply add your organization, area, and populations served to the body of the email template provided and hit send!  If that's not information you have or is not applicable, please feel free to delete that section of the email, and send as is. 

    We are asking for $65 million for wage adjustments for human services workers; $23 million to fund the minimum wage increase for State contracts not yet adjusted to reflect the increased cost of service provision; and $100 million to support funding the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP). Without this support, we will not be able to provide critical interventions and promote well-being for millions of New Yorkers in challenging times. 

    Please share with staff, clients, and supporters--the more voices we add the more likely we are to be heard!

    Questions?  Contact us at info@strongnonprofitsny.org or 212 801 1341.

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    OPT OUT of Support for 
    With One Voice: A Vision for Economic Equity In NYC

    Please OPT out by 5PM, Friday, October 13

     

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    Sign-On Letter to NY Delegation  
    House GOP Budget Represents Historical Disinvestment in Critical Programs

    August 21, 2017

    [MOC NAME]
    [MOC ADDRESS]

    Dear Rep. [X]:

    We, the undersigned organizations representing [faith leaders/service providers/charitable organizations/nonprofit organizations/etc.—will fill in this section based on our signers] in New York, write to express our strong opposition to the House Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed by the House Budget Committee in July, which lays out a harsh economic vision for  this nation. If approved, this resolution would set into motion a plan that would cause pain for millions of families, especially those who have fallen on hard times, while paving the way for massive tax cuts geared toward those who are already the most well off. 

    As you know, the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed by the House Budget Committee in July would use reconciliation to force billions of dollars of cuts to programs that help individuals and families in New York, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits to mane just a few. These programs help struggling families afford the basics—food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care. The budget resolution also calls for stunning cuts in a range of basic public services and investments in our nation, such as job training, K-12 education, access to college, scientific research, and economic development.  

    At the same time, the resolution would pave the way for massive tax cuts that will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest households and profitable corporations. Further, because the resolution includes special instructions to provide for “deficit-neutral” tax reform, Congress could choose to pay for these tax cuts by making even deeper cuts in programs serving low- and middle-income families. 

    The House Budget Resolution passed by the Budget Committee is bad for New York families and contrary to our values.

    We urge you to reject these upside-down budget priorities, and put the needs of all of New York’s families at the top of the agenda. We call upon you to oppose the House budget resolution passed by the Budget Committee and work instead to craft a budget that:

    - Does not establish a reconciliation process to cut programs that help struggling families afford the basics;
    - Does not allow cuts to assistance programs to help offset the cost of tax cuts; and
    - Requires that tax legislation is revenue neutral.

    We also call upon you to work toward a bipartisan agreement to eliminate sequestration cuts in non-defense discretionary spending with equal relief between non-defense and defense priorities. Non-defense discretionary programs support key services in New York from education to job training to economic development to the Community Services Block Grant to important research conducted in our universities and that is key to our nation’s future. Congress on a bipartisan basis has come together in the past to reduce the harmful sequestration cuts. Without action, those temporary fixes will expire and full sequestration cuts will go into effect in 2018, leaving key investments underfunded. At these funding levels, many core public services would be severely impaired or eliminated. Our state budget and local communities in our state would also take a significant hit, as federal grants to states and localities make up nearly one-third of total non-defense discretionary spending.

    New York’s communities thrive when all families can put food on their table; when workers, parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities get the health care they need; when schools are not shortchanged; when workers can get the training they need to succeed in today’s economy; and when we invest in all of our neighborhoods. The House budget resolution passed by the Budget Committee falls short on every one of these points.

    We urge you to oppose the resolution and instead craft a budget that upholds New York’s best values.

    Thank you for considering our views.

    If you are interested in having your organization sign onto this letter, please fill out the form below. The full text of the letter can be found here.

     

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    Sign-On Today to the
    Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement for Human Services Legislation 

    A.07519 / S.05921, mandates racial and ethnic impact statements for any bill that will increase the correctional and child welfare population and/or diminish access to human services and public benefits. Racial and ethnic impact statements allow for the critical examination of policy--prior to passage and implementation--that could potentially have disparate and adverse impacts on communities of color. The results of racial and ethnic impact evaluations create opportunities for amendments of particular legislation and public discussion in order to address the potential harms within policy prior to it becoming law. FPWA strongly believes in this legislation as  the adoption of a racial and ethnic review process for new legislation has the potential to increase civic engagement and add transparency to the legislative process.

    To sign on to our support letter, please fill out the form below. The full text of the letter can be found here.

     

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    Sign-On Today to the
    New York Health Act 

    We are at a critical juncture for healthcare in New York. Currently, 1.7 million New Yorkers remain without health insurance, and uncertainty around healthcare at the federal level means that the insurance status of 2.7 million more New Yorkers hangs in the balance. Proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid could be devastating for older adults, low income children and families, and other at-risk New Yorkers.
      
    The time to move to a single payer system that extends universal, comprehensive health insurance to all New Yorkers, is now. Passing the New York Health Act would not only protect New Yorkers from threats to healthcare on the federal level, but it would create the first truly accessible, truly equitable health insurance system in the United States.
      
    Read the full text or a summary of the bill.
      
    To sign on to our nonprofit support letter, please fill out the form below. The full text of the letter can be found here.

     

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    2017
    YEAR OF THE
    SENIOR

    TELL THE MAYOR TO FULLY FUND SERVICES FOR OLDER NEW YORKERS

    Concerned New Yorkers of all ages are calling on the City to fund critical services for older adults such as senior centers, homecare, transportation, meals, NORCs, caregiver programs and elder abuse prevention.

    Join us by taking one or more of the following actions!

    STEP 1:  Sign-on to Our Letter
    We are collecting signatures on a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking the city to invest $60 million in senior services. Click
    here to view the letter and sign!

    STEP 2:  Call the Mayor and Your Council Member
    Call 1-844-617-2691 to be connected with the mayor's office.
    Click
    here to get contact information for your council member.
    Sample scripts are provided
    here.

    STEP 3:  Use social media to reinforce your message
    Spread the word by tweeting your message to your representatives.

    See sample tweets
    here.
    The Mayor also takes questions from New Yorkers every week on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show. Tweet your questions @BrianLehrer using #askthemayor. See sample questions
    here.

  • Restore Opportunity Now: Email Governor Cuomo in Support of Human Services

     

    Please personalize and send the email below urging Govenor Cuomo to include priorities of Restore Opportunity Now in the final FY 2017-2018 budget.  Please feel free to reach out with questions to restoreopportunity@gmail.com

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    Fund human services to build strong communities. 

    Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York is a Statewide coalition of more than 350 nonprofit human services providers, calling for increased State investment in the sector’s workforce and infrastructure. Working under contract with the State, human services agencies provide crucial services to uplift New Yorkers from all walks of life.  The State must ensure these organizations can continue their vital work.

    By signing on today, your organization will be listed as a supporter (if you choose that option) and you will be added to our email list to stay up to date on information and actions.  Your voice is critical in making sure the State invests in services New Yorkers depend on.    

  • Support the Interfaith Leadership Institute Initiative

    FPWA is proposing a city-wide initiative designed to increase the ability of engaged New York City faith leaders to be positive community change agents. The Interfaith Leadership Institute is designed to foster collaboration between the City Council as well as other community leaders and organizations across the five boroughs to improve social service delivery within each district. 

    Next Monday, June 6, Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to announce the fiscal year 2017 budget. We are asking the New York City Council to invest $425,000 in the Institute to strengthen faith-based leadership and community engagement.

    We need you to speak up! Contacting your council member can make all the difference. We've made it easy for you: simply enter your zip code in the box below and follow the prompts.

    To learn more about The Interfaith Leadership Institute, click here.

    Please forward this and encourage others to do the same on our behalf.
     
    Thank you so much for your support!

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  • #15andFunding Campaign Sign On

     

    The Fund the $15 Campaign (formerly #15andFunding) is co-led by the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and the Human Services Council, and made up of more than 80 nonprofits from across the State.  We invite you to join us to advocate for a funded living wage for human services and Medicaid funded workers.

    Human services and Medicaid-funded workers provide essential services to New Yorkers every day. From foster care case management, to senior supportive services, to substance abuse professionals, to early childhood educators and more; the sector creates bridges to opportunity and provide critical interventions to ensure that communities across the State keep moving.  

    For the communities we serve and for our own vastly under-paid workforce, we strongly support the recent increase in the minimum wage, but urge the State to make the appropriate investment in the sector.  Nonprofit health and human services organizations are largely funded by government contracts and Medicaid reimbursements, operating everyday on extremely tight budgets.  Funding must be provided to support any increase in wages.  

    Without needed investment in what is essentially an extension of the State's work force, organization will be forced to make tough choices impacting service levels and quality.  In some cases, organizations could face closing their doors entirely.  Allocating funds for these nonprofits supports the provision of high-quality social services, reduce poverty and enhance the economic vitality of the low income neighborhoods where human services workers live, and promote the longer-term fiscal stability of New York State. 

    By signing on below, your organization will be added to our list of organizational supporters, and the contact listed will be included on our email list, to be kept up to date on campaign news and how to get involved.  

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions to Mallory Nugent, Senior Policy Analyst at mnugent@fpwa.org or (212) 801-1341.

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  • Letter to Gov. Cuomo

    Please add your organization as a signatory to the letter below, urging Governor Cuomo to support and invest in essential nonprofit workers as the State moves forward on its path to a $15 minimum wage.

    FPWA, along with the Human Services Council and the Fiscal Policy Institute, has led the #15andFunding Campaign, launched this fall.  The Campaign, comprised of more than 80 human services and Medicaid funded organizations from across the state, came together in support of Governor Cuomo’s $15 minimum wage proposal.  With more than half of the State’s workforce in this sector paid under $15 per hour, this increase will have a tremendous impact on nonprofit workers, as well as the communities they serve.  Because much of nonprofit funding is provided through Government funds, it is crucial that an increase in wages not be an unfunded mandate—the State must invest the needed funds in organizations that provide essential services, and workers who are an extension of the State’s own workforce to avoid declines in service levels and quality.  The #15andFunding Campaign has advocated for the following:

    -  Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for all New Yorkers

    -  Amend human services contracts to account for the cost of increased wages

    -  Increase Medicaid reimbursements to nonprofits to fund the wage increases

    -  Ensure there is “spillover” funding to increase wages for those making over minimum wage, but still pervasively underpaid, avoiding wage compression

    We applaud the inclusion of wage increases in the FY 2016-2017 budget, putting the state on a path to $15.  While some funding was provided for Medicaid funded providers, we must continue to advocate for robust funding, limited bureaucratic hurdles for organizations to access funds, and future investment in both the minimum wage and spillover wages for nonprofits providing vital human services.

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  • #15andFunding Assembly Thank You

    Assmeblymembers have been fighting hard throughout the budget process in support of the minimum wage and nonprofit funding.  Please take a moment to send them a thank you and encourage them to keep fighting!

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  • #15andFunding Letter to Senators

    By filling in your zip code, you will be brought to a form to email your state Senator.  Please fill out the details below to send your email.  Let them know that you support the $15 minimum wage, and that the vital nonprofits in your communities need to be funded appropriately.  Feel free to personalize the pre-populated message, adding in specifics about your role in or interaction with nonprofits and/or what the minimum wage increase would mean for you.  

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    Dear Friends,

    The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), along with a number of our community partners, is asking you to join others from the faith community by signing on to the letter below asking Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to raise the age at which children are automatically charged as adults. It is urgent that we, as members of the faith community, let the leaders of our state government know that for us this is a serious moral issue. New York is one of two states where youth as young as 16 automatically end up in adult courts, jails and prisons. The lack of age-appropriate interventions for 16- and 17-year olds in the adult system makes it almost certain that these young people will return to their communities with far greater challenges for a successful future.

    Many of you have been part of this ongoing campaign in the past. Your support has advanced the conversation. Now we need to seal the deal. Stand with us and tell our leadership that New York can and should do better. Please add your name to this letter today.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Jones Austin
    CEO and Executive Director
    FPWA


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  • #15andFunding: Email Governor Cuomo

     The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Fiscal Policy Institute and Human Services Council are co-leading the #15andFunding Campaign, a broad and growing coalition of New York nonprofit organizations advocating for a $15 minimum wage for all New Yorkers, including a funded increase for contract human services and Medicaid funded direct care workers.  The #15andFunding Campaign urges you to add your voice to this important effort.  

    Email Govenor Cuomo today.  Thank him for his support of the minimum wage increase, and urge him to ensure that this essential workforce is included and funded.

    PLEASE PERSONALIZE THE EMAIL TEMPLATE TO INCLUDE YOUR CONNECTION TO THE HUMAN SERVICES FIELD.  Include if you are a worker, employer, client.  Explain briefly why you feel strongly this workforce must receive a funded increase.

    Please click "Select this recipient" below to email the Governor.

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    April 2015

    Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
    Governor of the State of New York
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY  12224

    Honorable Dean Skelos
    Senate Majority Leader
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224

    Honorable Carl Heastie
    Assembly Speaker
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224

    Dear Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Heastie:

    As faith leaders from many backgrounds, traditions and beliefs, we write to you united by our great concern for the future of children in our communities. Too many are being swept up into the adult criminal justice system and getting trapped in a cycle of poverty and crime. We all know children who have faced down difficult circumstances and rebuilt their lives. But the lack of age-appropriate interventions for 16- and 17-year olds in the adult system, as well as the heightened exposure they face to violence and abuse, is making it difficult and in many cases impossible for even the most intelligent and capable teens to become productive and successful members of our communities.

    As a state, New York is failing these children. Today, we humbly ask you to raise the age at which children are automatically charged as adults.  Currently, New York is one of two states where youth as young as 16 end up in adult courts, jails and prisons. 

    Passing the raise the age proposal will enhance public safety and offer youth age-appropriate interventions (including, when necessary, incarceration).

    In 2013, nearly 34,000 16- and 17-year olds were arrested and faced prosecution in the adult system – the vast majority for non-violent crimes. We should be better than that. 

    All of our neighboring states have reformed their policies, with positive results. For example, Connecticut raised the age from 16 to 18 in 2010 and immediately saw a drop in youth crime, as well as millions of dollars in budget savings. 

    New York’s current law ignores what science and research have confirmed: adolescents are children and their brains do not fully develop until 25. This makes children more impulsive than adults and can impair their judgment. The same brain research demonstrates that children are more malleable and are therefore more open to rehabilitation and positive change. 

    Adult prisons do not focus on rehabilitation, and are not designed to meet the needs of children. National studies show that young people confined in adult facilities are much more likely to face traumatic physical and sexual violence than those in juvenile facilities. As a result, they have a much higher risk of developing depression and other mental illness, and are 36 times more likely to commit suicide than children in juvenile facilities. 

    This lack of age-appropriate intervention and increased exposure to violence also leads to higher rates of recidivism and, as a result, higher costs for the justice system as a whole. Re-offenders serving multiple sentences, as you know, is a huge burden on taxpayers, as every year of holding someone in the adult system costs tens of thousands of dollars. Our current law sets young people up to become re-offenders: research has shown that young people who go through the adult system are much more likely to re-offend than those in the juvenile system. In particular, there is a 34% higher rate of rearrests for violent crimes. 

    Incarcerating teens in the adult system hurts our communities as well. When you’re arrested and tried as an adult in New York, you become far less likely to start a family, find a stable job, and get connected to the services you need to rebuild your life. As over 70% of youth arrested are black or Latino, the burden of the system falls most intensely on communities of color that are already face steep challenges in fostering healthy, safe and vibrant neighborhoods.

    From a public safety perspective, raising the age is about being both smart on crime and tough on crime – an approach that numerous law enforcement officials from around the state have endorsed. By creating a path to more positive outcomes for more children, raising the age would lead to crime reductions and help foster safer, more livable streets throughout the state.

    Thank you for your consideration of this matter. We are ready to stand by you and move forward with this important policy change. It goes without saying that all New Yorkers will be better off under this approach.
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  • Protect Housing For People Living With HIV

    Urge the Mayor and City Council to protect the City's HIV/AIDS Service Administration from cuts

    Instructions

    Take a moment to edit the letter to reflect your experience or concerns (you can edit the letter once you enter an address).

    If you're acting as an individual: use your home address in order to have the most impact, and share why HASA Case Management is important to you or affects your life

    If you're representing a program or organization: please use an address where you provide services, and edit the letter below to include your organization's name, who you help and why HASA is important to your organization.

  • Support Our Youngest Learners

    Proposed cuts to early education and after school threaten the future of 47,000 children. Please tell your City Council Member and the Mayor why these programs are important to you, and urge their preservation! It's far more effective if you can edit the message below to reflect your personal concerns, so please take a moment to do so.

    If you're representing a program or organization: please use an address where you provide services, and edit the letter below to include your organization's name, who you help and why these programs are important to your organization. (the letter will appear once you insert your address.)

    If you're acting as an individual, use your home address in order to have the most impact.

  • Urge NYC to Strenthen Services for The Elderly

    New York City has a growing population of older adults, and many of them have functional impairments. But for many, those challenges can be mitigated by services that keep them active and living at home with dignity. If these services matter to you, please make sure those representing you in New York City know.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.


  • Keep Our Emergency Food System Secure

    The Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) provides food and technical assistance to approximately 500 food pantries and soup kitchens throughout New York City. Urge the Mayor and City Council to keep this program strong!

    If you're representing a program or organization: please use an address where you provide services, and edit the letter below to include your organization's name, who you help and why EFAP is important to your organization. (the letter will appear once you insert your address.

    If you're acting as an individual, use your home address in order to have the most impact.

  • Tell Congress: Don't Push New Yorkers into Hunger

    Protect New Yorkers from Devastating Food Stamp Cuts!

    America’s First line of defense against hunger—food stamps—is under the greatest threat seen in decades.1.9 million New Yorkers rely on food stamps to put food on the table yet 2.6 million still struggle to afford food—and 1.4 million depend on food pantries and soup kitchens for basic nutrition.Instead of trying to strengthen the anti-hunger safety net, actions by Congress will cut food stamps across the board. Send a letter to your senators and representative telling them not to push New Yorkers into Hunger.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue. If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.

  • Food Bank NEEDS YOU

    Protect New Yorkers from Devastating Food Stamp Cuts!

    America’s First line of defense against hunger—food stamps—is under the greatest threat seen in decades.1.9 million New Yorkers rely on food stamps to put food on the table yet 2.6 million still struggle to afford food—and 1.4 million depend on food pantries and soup kitchens for basic nutrition.Instead of trying to strengthen the anti-hunger safety net, actions by Congress will cut food stamps across the board. Send a letter to your senators and representative telling them not to push New York over The Hunger Cliff.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.

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  • Demand Support for Job Training

    Urge Your Elected Officals to Restore Cuts to Employment Programs That Help Lift New Yorkers out of Poverty

    FPWA urges the restoration of all TANF job programs which have been vital to building a solid foundation for employment success of thousands of New Yorkers.

    Government Cuomo’s proposed budget for threatens to eliminate all TANF programs, which include initiatives such as Career Pathways Program that assists youths from 18-24 years old in acquiring the training and skills needed to begin a career. These programs allow young adults to build the necessary leadership and technical skills for employment in the current hostile economic environment.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.


  • Foster Parents Need Your Help

    Urge Your Elected Officals to Increase Resources for Foster Parents

    Now is the time that lawmakers need to hear from you about how an increase in the foster payment rate would help children in foster care!

    There are many potential foster parents in New York City who are ready to offer a loving home to a child in need, but simply cannot afford it. The actual cost of caring for a foster child far exceeds the stipend foster parents receive, forcing them to bear the financial burden of caring for foster children who are the collective responsibility of the entire community.

    Join FPWA as we urge the state to raise foster parent stipends (foster boarding home rates) to help agencies attract and retain stronger foster homes.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.


  • Our Elders Need Your Voice

    Urge Your Elected Officials to Support Our Seniors

    New York State has a growing population of older adults, and many of them have functional impairments. But for many, those challenges can be mitigated by services that keep them active and living at home with dignity. If these services matter to you, please make sure those representing you in Albany know.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.

  • Speak Out For Our Youngest Learners

    Urge the legislature to increase funds for early childhood education

    In New York State, we believe our children are our most precious asset. If we invest in them, individuals, families and communities thrive. One of the best ways to support children across the state is through our early education programs, which are chronically underfunded. Please urge your elected officials to support them.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address this concern. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use your organization's physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.

  • We Can Do Better for Homeless Teens

    Support Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth

    Our state has a growing crisis of youth homelessness, and we need our elected officials to do more to support their needs - starting with more shelter beds. Funding for this vital resource has been reduced over the years, and we need restore it to 2007 levels.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address these concerns. We encourage you to take a moment to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about - or experiences with - this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use an organizational physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.


  • We Still Need HIV Services

    Urge Your Elected Officials to Protect Community Infrastructure for People Living with HIV & AIDS

    Over the past three decades, New York State's Government and provider community have built a complex and valuable system of infrastructure to help people living with HIV & AIDS, and prevent others from becoming infected. The Governor’s Executive Budget  - released in January - includes a number of proposals that may jeopardize these investments. Please join FPWA in opposing these changes by contacting your elected officials and the Governor.

    Instructions:

    The pre-written letters in the forms that will appear below address these concerns. We encourage you to edit them to reflect your personal concerns about this issue.

    If you're writing on behalf of your organization, please use an organizational physical address (ideally one where you provide services) and email address. If you're writing as an individual, use your home address and personal email.


  • Support College Access for Welfare Recipients

    Lend your support to A.3473 (Wright) / S.1419 (Montgomery), which would increase access to higher Education programs for Public Assistance Recipients.

    If appropriate, please include a brief description of your organization in the space below, along with the prewritten text.


  • Ensure Those With Medical Conditions Recieve Fair Treatmment at HRA

    Lend your support to A. 0290 / S. 0428 , sponsored by Assemblymember Keith Wright and Senator Martin Malaave Dilan. This bill weighs an applicant's treating practitioner’s opinion in the welfare agencies' determination of applicants'/recipients' work limitations or disabilities

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  • Support Changes to HRA's Sanction System

    Lend your support to A. 2669 / S.4830, sponsored by Assembly Member Keith Wright and Senator Diane Savino.  This bill changes Social Services law to end durational sanctions for welfare recipients and and strengthens protections from wrongful sanctions. Its passage would result in increased family stability and a more effective welfare system.

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  • Share Stories of Obstacles at HRA

    Let your elected officials know about barriers to welfare assistance at the NYC Human Resources Administration by sending them videos and stories of what happens there. If you haven't seen them yet, you can view them here.