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New Funds for New Americans

Kristin Brown April 27, 2017

In addition to continuing the same level of funding for the Office for New Americans to continue the work that has been done for the past several years to help non-citizens across the state, the final enacted budget included a significant new investment in resources to assist immigrants, with a particular emphasis on those facing deportation.

A total of $10 million in new funding, allocated through an agreement between the Senate Independent Democratic Conference and Governor Cuomo, will go to Empire Justice Center, the Vera Institute of Justice, the New York Immigration Coalition, Catholic Charities Community Services, the Northern Manhattan Immigration Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Hispanic Federation for Justice.

The specific details of how the funds can be used, beyond the language in the budget, which specifies that the funds will be used to provide services to non-citizens, and must be limited to legal services,  case  management, English-as-a-second-language, job training  and  placement   assistance, and post-employment services necessary to ensure job retention, are currently under development.

Empire Justice Center is grateful to the IDC and Governor Cuomo for allocating these critical resources to support New York’s vibrant immigrant communities, and looks forward to working with all parties moving ahead.