Policy Victories




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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Campaigns


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

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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.

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’s policy, advocacy and research team work to substantially and materially improve the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers. We have achieved real and measurable progress toward creating shared prosperity while playing a leading role in advocating for fair and equitable public policies.

2016 Victories

  • $2.248 million was adopted in the FY17 New York City budget as a result of the advocacy efforts of a coalition of advocates, led by FPWA, to focus on expanding worker cooperatives around the city, ensuring the success of existing cooperatives, and identifying 28 new startup businesses to launch and train 20 new cooperative business developers to grow the cooperative support network in NYC.
  • FPWA led the advocacy efforts of a coalition, successfully secured $570,000 for the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative to create new day laborer centers in the Bronx and Queens, and upgrade centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island. These centers will better serve New York City’s growing day laborer population of approximately 8,000-10,000 workers.
  • Through a coalition of advocates, led by FPWA, $1.07 million was adopted to fund the Access Health NYC Initiative to increase the capacity of community-based organizations to provide education and outreach efforts to individuals who experience barriers to accessing health care coverage insurance, and information.
  • In Fall 2015, FPWA launched our #15andFunding campaign, with our partners at Fiscal Policy Insitute and Human Services Council. Along with our more than 80 coalition members, we voiced nonprofit support for the recently passed minimum wage increase.  We will continue to advocate for increased contract funding for nonprofits to cover costs associated with this increase.

*Read our official statement in response to the NYC FY17 budget announcement for more details. 

2015 Victories

  • Along with the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), FPWA helped to advocate for the City’s first-ever $11.50 per hour wage floor for social service employees contracted by the City. This increased wage will affect close to 10,000 workers.

  • $2.1 million was adopted in the FY16 New York City budget to provide for the creation and support of new worker cooperatives and create hundreds of jobs with better wages and improved working conditions.

  • FPWA led the advocacy efforts of the Day Laborer Workforce Initiative that successfully advocated for the Mayor and City Council to allocate $500,000 to enhance the services provided by day laborer centers, which provide job referrals, workforce development, Know Your Rights trainings, and protection against wage theft.

  • Through a coalition of advocates, FPWA helped to attain a $1 million investment in the Access Health NYC Initiative to provide for culturally and linguistically competent outreach around health insurance coverage to populations who are uninsured and have barriers to accessing health care.

2014 Victories

  • Through coalitions and with the help our member agencies, FPWA successfully restored programs for vulnerable individuals, children, youth, seniors, and families across generations.

  • FPWA led the advocacy efforts of the Coalition for Worker Cooperatives that successfully advocated for the Mayor and City Council to allocate $1.2 million for a new Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative that will create jobs and support entrepreneurs.

  • FPWA was part of the six-member working group responsible for developing the plan that was implemented by Mayor de Blasio making pre-kindergarten free and universal for all four-year-olds in New York City.

  • In the summer of 2014, Governor Cuomo announced a plan to end the AIDS epidemic here in New York. The plan will identify, track and treat people with H.I.V. with the aim of reducing new infections to the point that by 2020, AIDS would no longer reach epidemic levels in New York State. FPWA was one of several groups that advocated for additional funding for the AIDS Institute as part of the NYS Plan to end AIDS. We applaud Governor Cuomo and his administration for dedicating $5 million to the plan.