The yearly budget dance between the City Council and the Mayor ended on a high note this year with the adoption of a $70 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 (FY14), which began on July 1, 2013. Human Services saw one year restorations to many programs. Last minute funding was given to child care and after school programs that will save 47,000 citywide youth from losing programming.
Restorations were made in vital areas like youth services, senior services and supportive housing. For a full analysis visit the HSC website.
The Human Services Council and advocates Citywide are pleased that the Mayor and City Council were able to reach an agreement on funding for critical Child Care and Out of School Time (OST) programs. In addition to City Council restorations, Mayor Bloomberg restored his proposed $10 million Program to Eliminate the Gap (PEG) for one year for OST. Yet again, this was a long fought battle for New York children and families and we are happy that the importance of these support programs was again recognized at all levels of government.
Restorations were also seen in the HASA program, which supports New Yorkers living with AIDS and HIV, senior services, youth services like runaway and homeless youth initiatives and Teen RAAP and health and mental health programs. HSC thanks Speaker Quinn and the City Council for restoring funds for these important programs.
Minimal cuts were seen in some subsectors, but overall Human Services fared much better than previous budgets, almost mirroring last year’s budget. Even though few cuts were made for the fiscal year, this only begins to chip away at the compounded cuts from previous years. We hope the next Administration and City Council will continue to see the value of human services in our communities and the role they play in growing a strong economy.
We encourage you to reach out to candidates running for Citywide office and tell them that Human Services are important to you and let them know you vote! For tips on how to take action and engage candidates visit the HSC website today!
Contributed by Shana Mosher of the Human Services Council.