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CPC Statement on New York City Fiscal Year 2020 Adopted Budget



Press Contact: Carlyn Cowen, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer (ccowen@cpc-nyc.org | (212) 941-0920 x 155)

The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is grateful for the steps that the Mayor and the City Council have taken toward a more equitable city in the FY 2020 Adopted Budget. During challenging times, we hope that both the Mayoral Administration and City Council allocate a fair share of funding to the Asian American community, immigrants, communities of color, and low-income New Yorkers, as well as the human service providers that champion them.

“It is important to invest in the social safety net that keeps Asian Americans, low-income families, immigrants, and communities of color resilient, and to support the human services providers that empower and uplift them,” said Wayne Ho, President and CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council. “We are delighted to see critical investments in senior services, health, civic engagement, and education, but we urge the Mayor and the City Council to continue to work to ensure that human services organizations and staff are adequately resourced and compensated, and that funding is distributed equitably for Asian Americans and other communities of color.”

CPC applauds the following important initiatives that advance our communities:

  • $10 million in new, baselined funding for home delivered meals for seniors (growing to $15 million in new funds by FY21);
  • A commitment of an additional 800 new affordable apartments for seniors;
  • An additional investment in the Geriatric Mental Health Initiative, enhancing it to $1.9 million
  • $40 million in new funds for Census 2020 outreach
  • An investment of $6 million to mitigate the cuts to Article 6 healthcare funding, protecting community health programs
  • Restored funding for critical programs including Adult Literacy and Access Health NYC

“CPC is grateful to our partners in the City Council for their support in funding critical programs that allow our communities to thrive, from adult literacy and youth programs, to a variety of senior services, early childhood programs, and health access and social services programs. This discretionary support is crucial in ensuring that we can provide the highest quality programs to all our community members. In addition, CPC was grateful to receive a new investment from the Speaker’s Initiative in our immigrant legal support program, which will allow us to meet the growing need for in-language and culturally competent legal services. Thank you to Speaker Corey Johnson, and Council Members Margaret Chin, Peter Koo, Carlos Menchaca, Carlina Rivera, Justin Brannan, Mark Treyger, Danny Dromm, Mark Levine, and Ben Kallos for their support,” said Carlyn Cowen, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer at CPC.

While neither funding for salary parity for early childhood education workers nor funding to cover the full cost of indirect for human services organizations was explicitly included in the budget, we look forward to the Mayor and City Council fulfilling their commitment to achieving salary parity through the collective bargaining process, and to adjusting human services contracts to cover indirect in the November plan. We will continue to work with the Mayor and City Council to ensure human services providers are appropriately resourced and our staff are adequately compensated in order to advance New York City’s most underserved communities.