Policy Priorities

FPWA’s policy, advocacy and research arm establishes policy priorities on an annual basis. Priorities are updated as needed to reflect emerging issues.

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FPWA is collaborating with our member agencies and allies to launch several campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity.

Initiatives / Projects

FPWA engages in special projects and initiatives throughout the year that help to achieve our overall mission of serving New York’s most vulnerable.

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Policy Victories

FPWA has achieved real and measurable progress toward creating shared prosperity while playing a leading role in advocating for fair and equitable public policies.

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Advocacy Coalitions

FPWA leads and co-leads a number of advocacy coalitions/task forces with our member agencies and community partners to engage in strategic policy advocacy work.

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FPWA is collaborating with our member agencies and allies to launch several campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity.

Access Health NYC

  • FPWA is part of a larger coalition of organizations advocating for all New Yorkers to have access to health care. Access Health NYC is a new proposal for a city-funded initiative to support CBOs that serve immigrants and other medically underserved populations.

#15andFunding Campaign

In December 2015, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) and the Human Services Council (HSC)  co-launched a campaign, #15andFunding, to advocate for a statewide $15 per hour minimum wage for all low-wage workers, and to ensure that the call for an increased wage includes funding for state and city contracted nonprofit human services workers. The campaign seeks to:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for ALL workers in New York State
  • Ensure that employees at nonprofits are covered by the minimum wage increase
  • Amend state and local government human services contracts to fund the wage increase

In New York State, roughly 2,500 nonprofits rely on state contracts to carry out their essential human services. If those contract amounts do not increase with an increased minimum wage, the new minimum wage becomes an unfunded mandate that will negatively impact service delivery and likely cause many nonprofits to cease providing services.

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For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Mallory Nugent at

Day Laborer Workforce

The Day Laborer Workforce Coalition estimates that there are currently 8,000-10,000 day laborers in New York City. An investment in day laborer centers supports the expansion of the existing four day laborer centers to provide services in all five boroughs. These services include dignified physical space for day laborers to meet, referrals to jobs or support services, legal services to address issues such as wage theft, and workforce training and development.

For more information on this initiative, contact Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed at

Campaign for Worker Cooperatives: Building Opportunities and Wealth

Since 2013, FPWA has been organizing a campaign to increase worker cooperatives in New York City. Worker cooperatives are democratically owned enterprises that tend to provide higher wages and better economic benefits than other small businesses. Consequently, they are a solution to address long-term unemployment, low-wage jobs, and income inequality. We have been and continue to work with dozens of member and partner organizations to advocate for stronger city policies and funding to expand worker cooperatives.

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For more information, contact Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed at

Campaign for Successful Aging

Ensuring that seniors have maximum independence and continue to contribute to the city’s economic well-being is a key priority for FPWA. In the spring of 2014, we launched a campaign to promote policies and services for New York seniors. We are working with a coalition of aging advocates to create a set of policy recommendations to curb chronic underfunding of senior services, fragmented service delivery, and lack of involvement by older adults in setting priorities.  We are also working with member agencies to advocate for an intensive case management model to support seniors with more complex needs.

For more information, contact Policy Analyst Jeanette Estima at