Our Recent Impact

VICTORY! Excluded Workers WILL get relief!

Our members have won the fight for a first-in-the-nation $2.1 Billion Excluded Workers Fund. For an entire year, hundreds of thousands of essential workers were excluded from governmental relief. Now, undocumented workers will receive retroactive payments to reflect an entire year without work or government support during the pandemic.

This victory was possible after thousands of calls to elected officials, dozens of actions across the state, two bridge takeovers, a 23 day hunger strike, and much more. Our work to get this relief out to our communities continues.

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VICTORY! We will Invest in Our NY!

Parents, students, and educators have organized throughout the past decade to fully fund our public schools, especially those in immigrant, Black, and brown communities. Due to our more recent organizing efforts, this year’s historic budget will raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers and Invest in Our New York.

$4 billion will be allocated to fund public schools over three years to meet the needs of Black, brown, and low-income districts and finally comply with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court settlement! 

Thank you to our allies in the Invest in Our New York and the Alliance for Quality Education! ¡Si se pudo!

VICTORY! Rent relief for ALL New Yorkers!

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers will get the rent relief they need and deserve, regardless of their immigration status. Along with the Housing Justice for All Coalition, we secured a $2.4 billion rent relief program, which will pay up to one year of rent arrears for debt accrued during the pandemic for those who qualify. 

An estimated 1.2 million tenants will ensure that they do not lose their homes. This victory makes it clear that everyone has a right to a roof. ¡Sí se pudo!

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Welcome our *NEW* Executive Team!

For nearly two decades, Arlenis, Jose, and Theo had the opportunity to learn and grow within our organization. Today, they step into the role of Co-Executive Directors of Make the Road New York.

Sienna will also be joining our Executive Team as Legal Director/Legal Counsel and Becca as Deputy Director. Becca and Sienna have been integral to growing our health and legal programs and they are the partners we need to drive this organization forward. Together, they will take Make the Road NY into its next chapter.

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VICTORY! The Public Charge Rule is Blocked!

Together with our allies, we stopped the racist public charge! The Biden Administration just dismissed the government’s appeal of our 2019 Make the Road v. Cuccinelli lawsuit. This means that the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule is no longer in effect. The rule was a blatant attempt to discourage immigrants from utilizing benefits for themselves and their families and from applying for lawful permanent residence. It harmed thousands of New Yorkers.

Now, immigrant families can access life-saving health care, food, and housing assistance without fear of losing the chance to obtain lawful permanent residence.

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DACA is restored!

DACA is restored to its original 2012 form. For more information, resources and updates, visit our DACA portal.

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Our COVID Response

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Achieving Dignity and Justice

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Make the Road NY

Respect and Dignity for All: Make the Road New York’s 2021 State Policy Post-Budget Platform

DOWNLOAD HERE As the largest community based membership organization representing immigrants and working-class people of color in New York, Make the Road New York (MRNY) is uniquely positioned to identify and address pressing community needs. Through its community centers in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, MRNY employs a multi-faceted approach to supporting immigrants,…

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Non Profit Launches Guide to Help Undocumented Immigrants Tap Into Excluded Workers Fund

A local nonprofit has launched a bilingual resource guide on the state’s recently passed “Excluded Workers Fund” for undocumented immigrants who have lost work due to the pandemic. Make the Road NY has created a website to help residents who qualify for the fund access accurate and up-to-date information about the program. The group created the website…

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Immigration Advocates Hope for Progress in New Year

Immigration advocates in New York over the last four years faced a pitched battle with President Donald Trump’s administation’s policies and rhetoric from the top on down. Now with President Joe Biden’s administration far more sympathetic to their goals, advocates say a lot of work is needed in both Washington and in Albany. The new…