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.

 For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Alexis Posey 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, 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

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.

**Click here to read the report.

For more information, contact Policy Analyst Osman Ahmed at

New York Health Act

1.7 New Yorkers are currently uninsured. Healthcare costs have risen at a rate that outstrips income growth and individuals and families are not receiving the the care they need because of burdensome costs and lack of access. The New York Health Act (NYHA) has been introduced in both the State Assembly and the Senate as a possible solution. NYHA would implement a single payer system, which could lower costs and improve outcomes. It would also provide coverage regardless of employment, immigration or financial status.

For more information, contact Policy Analyst Carlyn Cowen at

Restore Opportunity Now

Restore Opportunity Now is a newly launched campaign to bring together human services organizations from across New York State to call for increased investment and systems changes needed to ensure nonprofits can continue to effectively serve communities in New York State.

The campaign recognizes that while the breadth of services provided by the sector varies tremendously, the misalignment of resources and expectations is a common thread.  As poverty and rising inequality suggest, need is going unmet in communities. To address this, programs must be fully funded to cover the true cost and must support an adequately compensated workforce.  These crucial investments will allow human services providers to continue to deliver essential services efficiently and effectively, and to recruit and retain qualified staff.

Read the full report: Voices of New York’s Human Services Sector.

Please see the links below for further information and ways to get involved!

For more information, contact Senior Policy Analyst Mallory Nugent at