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  • Human Services Workers Keep New York City Running Even Over the Holidays; We Must Resolve to Compensate Them Fairly

    Getting people fed (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    In this season of gratitude and reflection, we are grateful for the unprecedented commitments that New York City and New York State are making to the people who perform the essential services of New York’s safety net.

    Home care workers’ hourly wages increased by $2 in October, and New York City human services nonprofits are receiving $68 million earmarked for workforce investment. Our New York State contracts included a 5.4% wage increase, and the

  • Federal Funding Up for NYPD, Down for Human Services

    NYPD officers armor guns

    NYPD officers (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office)

    Budgets, as the saying goes, reflect our values. Take a closer look at where the money goes – or doesn’t – and you can readily see our nation’s priorities.

    This is perhaps never truer than during an economic downturn. At FPWA, we’ve examined the trends in federal spending for human services using our online Federal Funds Tracker. We know that since the Great Recession ten years ago, the federal government’s austere budgets have left human service