CPC Draft Blog Post

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Founded in 1965, the Chinese-American Planning Council Inc. (CPC) is a social services organization that creates positive social change. Today, CPC is the nation’s largest Asian American social services organization and are the trusted partner to more than 60,000 individuals and families striving to achieve goals in their education, family, community and career. They welcome community members at every stage of life to over 50 high-quality programs at 33 sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Through their services, CPC empowers New Yorkers to become agents of positive change in their own lives and in their communities.

This blog post utilizes the open-data tools from FPWA’s Federal Funds Tracker to analyze the impact of President Trump’s FY 2020 budget proposal on the federal grants that CPC relied on in FY 2018, to contextualize the cuts with the declines that many of CPC’s grants have already endured since FY 2010, and to provide an overview of CPC’s total FY 2018 federal revenue.

IMPACT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FY 2020 BUDGET PROPOSAL

Although the President’s budget (released in March 2019) is non-binding, it is still of great concern because it is a statement of national priorities. Moreover, the President’s insistence on his budget numbers could make it harder to reach a bipartisan budget agreement on overall funding levels, and unless such an agreement is made before the coming fiscal year (which begins on October 1), Trump’s deep cuts could become reality.

If enacted, President Trump’s FY 2020 budget proposal would cut the federal grants that CPC relied on in FY 2018 by 42 percent, or $2.5 million.

The deep cuts to CPC’s federal grants are a result of Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and to cut several grants that support services for older adults. Child Support Enforcement (CSE) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) would each receive increases of approximately one percent.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Trump’s FY 2020 vision extends the economic pain that has endured throughout this decade into the next. In large part, disinvestment over the last decade is due to the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which set caps on defense and nondefense discretionary funding through 2021 and further reduced funding over time through across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

FY 2018 FUNDING OVERVIEW

In FY 2018, CPC relied on 15 federal grants ($5.9 million) to support the needs of their communities and attract and retain qualified staff. Like many nonprofit human service providers in the City, federal grants are often passed through to them from City agencies. Not included in this analysis are direct assistance grants that are passed directly to individuals from the federal government, such as the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. While the agency does not distribute these grants, they do help members of their community navigate enrollment. (See here for more on the way in which federal funds flow to the City.) 

Two grants accounted for 61 percent of all federal grants in FY 2018: The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) accounted for 31 percent ($1.8 million) and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) accounted for 30 percent ($1.7 million).

Each of the remaining ten grants represented no more than seven percent of all federal grants in FY 2018: The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), WIOA Youth Activities, and Social Services Block Grant (Title XX, SSBG) each represented seven percent, or less than $400,000.

 

WHY  FEDERAL GRANTS MATTER

Ningxi Pan came to the US in 2016 knowing very little English, and was placed in the 9th grade two years older than most of her classmates. The age and language gap made assimilation challenging. By joining the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) LEAD program at the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies — which provides academic, cultural and recreational programming for youth, and is supported by the Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) — Ningxi was able to improve her language ability, explore New York City, and significantly improve her grades, including earning high marks on the Geometry and Global History Regents exams.

Across the City, CSBG supports a wide range of community-based activities to reduce poverty and has already fell by 14 percent ($5 million) since FY 2010.

MORE DATA!

See FPWA’s Tableau workbook to vizualize the impact of Trump’s budget proposal on each of the four agencies featured in Tracker: Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Department for the Aging (DFTA), and Department of Social Services (DSS).