Following the 2016 election, FPWA member agencies expressed grave concern about the impact of federal fiscal policies on New York City’s social services budget and sector. Our members — many of whom have been fighting poverty on the frontlines for more than a century – rely on federal funding to provide care for older adults, children, people living with mental illness, and persons with physical disabilities. They’re stamping out hunger, offering safety and services for survivors of domestic violence, building skills and breaking down barriers for individuals locked out of the workforce, and working to support justice-involved individuals and their families.
In response, we created the FPWA Federal Funds Tracker to foster greater awareness of and engagement in the federal budget process through data, storytelling, and action.
The Tracker demystifies the federal budget by organizing federal budget data into accessible and interactive visualizations, bringing the data to life with stories of New Yorkers whose quality of life was improved by federal support, and by providing actionable information to encourage advocacy and engagement in the federal budget process, such as by defending against proposed federal budget cuts, and by supporting proposals to strengthen programs.