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Chinese-American Planning Council statement on New York City’s FY22 adopted budget

July 1, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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New York City passed a $98.7 billion budget earlier today. As New York focuses on recovery and reopening, nonprofit human services workers remain on the frontlines of addressing this crisis, meeting community needs through food access and eviction prevention to senior services and child care. The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) acknowledges the Mayor and the City Council for important investments in our communities and the organizations that serve them, yet there is still more to be done to ensure a truly equitable recovery for all New Yorkers.

CPC applauds the creation of a $4 million initiative called AAPI Community Support for Asian-led and Asian-serving organizations to provide direct services, mental health support, youth programs, racial literacy, and other culturally competent services for Asian American community members. We encourage the City Council to quickly designate this funding to community-based organizations as intended, particularly to smaller organizations that are often left out of the budget and serve emerging populations.

CPC is glad to see that this budget has baselined $8 million for Adult Literacy programs and invested in a new pilot program at $2.5 million. Over 40 organizations including CPC provide Adult Literacy programs to support literacy, high school equivalency, and civics education for adults. We are also pleased to see the enhancement of Access Health NYC to $4 million to over 40 organizations. These programs will greatly support diverse immigrant communities by addressing the inequitable gap in digital literacy, systems navigation skills, and access to health resources available to New Yorkers.

We are glad that this budget recognizes the critical need to fully fund indirect rates which cover essential functions like human resources, facilities, accounting, technology, rent, utilities, and other expenses that are not covered by city contracts. CPC joins hundreds of human services organizations that have advocated for the restoration of indirect funding for over a year.

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We appreciate that the budget includes a one-time $24 million bonus for nonprofit human services workers, which is an important gesture to essential workers who have been on the frontlines. Nevertheless, CPC joins other human services organizations to call for a permanent restoration of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), which was cut last year at the height of the pandemic when the City projected lower revenues. The City’s lack of commitment to permanently and meaningfully increasing wages for City-contracted workers speaks directly to the value that it places on these essential workers who provide government-mandated social services.

We are disappointed that funding for the NYPD was increased while critical investments in the human services workforce, CUNY, homeless services, and more were left out of the budget. CPC continues to stand in solidarity with other advocates and human services organizations in calling to reallocate funding from the NYPD to human services supporting communities of color, immigrants, and low-income New Yorkers as well as the nonprofit workers serving them.

As always, CPC greatly appreciates the Council Members who committed discretionary funding for our programs that will continue to support children, youth, seniors, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, and families across the city. We look forward to work with the Mayor’s Office and City Council to ensure meaningful investments in human services organizations and workers who continue to meet persistent and emerging community needs.

The Chinese-American Planning Council is a social services organization that creates positive social change. Founded in 1965, CPC is the nation’s largest Asian American social services organization and aims to promote the social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities of New York City. CPC is the trusted partner to individuals and families striving to achieve goals in their education, family, community, and career. 

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