The fight to #FundExcludedWorkers isn’t over in New York. The immense demand for the program exhausted the funds faster than expected. Now up to hundreds of thousands of excluded workers have been excluded once again – this time from their only lifeline. That’s why we demand that an additional $3 billion be committed to the program in next year’s state budget.
From the historic $2.1 billion secured last April, over $1.8 billion has already been approved for distribution to over 130,000 applicants within the eight weeks of the program’s operation. This is a major step towards delivering economic justice for the excluded workers, but not nearly enough for all New Yorkers who were excluded from social safety nets at the onset of the pandemic.
At Make the Road New York, we have worked tirelessly to get the word out, educate the public, and provide in-person and virtual application assistance. Our members fought alongside our coalition to challenge and remove barriers for domestic workers, street vendors, day laborers, and more, in accessing this fund. As such, 99% of applicants have been approved to receive the top benefit – $15,600.
In just the two months that the program accepted applications, we hosted eight Facebook Live webinars, organized the EWF Bushwick Launch Fair, and hosted five application clinics in three different languages — all of which helped thousands successfully qualify for $15,600 or $3,200 in relief to help them pay utility bills, feed their families, and more.
We are adamant that all New Yorkers deserve relief. Will you donate today to help continue all of this important work?
Thank you for your support that has allowed us to get this far. Together, we are ensuring that New York State upholds the dignity and rights of all New Yorkers.
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¡Sí se puede!