A rising number of children can look forward to excruciatingly boring school breaks this year as budget crises in places such as New York, Washington, D.C., Houston and Detroit rob them of the activities and programs that have long defined summer in the city for urban youngsters. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.
Monthly Archives: May 2011
Massive cuts are now being proposed for essential Federally-funded services including Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, education and children’s services, help to low-income communities such as housing and the Community Services Block Grant, and virtually every other human needs program.
On June 7th, the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and the Community Action Partnership will be co-hosting a webinar that explains the unprecedented seriousness of the threats and show the impact of the most prominent plans to cut, cap, and restrict the federal role in meeting human needs.
“The presentations will be clear and simple,” says Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director at CHN. “You’ll get explanations and graphics you can use to help you and people you know understand what’s at stake. You’ll learn about constructive alternatives. You won’t be bored. But you might get mad.”
The webinar will take place from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7th. Click here to register.
With New York City’s shelter population near all-time highs, the Bloomberg administration is on the verge of ending its signature housing program for homeless families, saying the program’s generosity might have contributed to the problem. Read more in The New York Times.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using the Internet to hold the feet of Medicaid providers to the fiscal fire. A new website to be launched soon will track how the Medicaid Redesign Team’s cost-containment efforts are going and how much Medicaid money has been spent to date. Read more in the Albany Times Union.
The Supportive Housing Network of New York is looking forward to an exceptionally exciting day at its upcoming 11th Annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference on June 9th.
In addition to keynote remarks by Dr. Cornell West of Princeton University and author of such classics as Race Matters and Democracy Matters, participants will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of key government officials, including:
• Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
• Darryl Towns, Commissioner, New York State Homes and Community Renewal;
• Michael Hogan, Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health;
• John Rhea, Chairman, NYC Housing Authority:
• Seth Diamond, Commissioner, New York City Department of Homeless Services:
• Mathew Wambua, Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development
• Adam Karpati, MD, MPH, Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
• Frank R. Lipton, M.D., Executive Deputy Commissioner, Customized Assistance Services, NYC Human Resources Administration;
• Robert Myers, PhD, Senior Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health;
• Elizabeth Berlin, Executive Deputy Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance;
The program will feature more than 20 workshops on a wide variety of topics such as Green Building, Development Challenges, Cutting-Edge Service Provision, Medicaid Redesign, Energy Efficiency, Finance Issues and more.
The Conference will be held from 9:00 AM-6:30 PM on June 9th at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway at 46th Street in Manhattan. Click here for more information and to register.
An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV, but 1 in 5 does not know they are infected and more than half of American adults, ages 18-64 have never been tested. Faith and community-based organizations play significant role in reducing health disparities and help work to solve some of our most complex health challenges, including HIV/AIDS. Through the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, President Obama has charged the federal Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to actively engage faith communities to address HIV/AIDS and promote prevention and early treatment.
To address these issues, the HHS Center and White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood are hosting an evening webcast, live from the White House This provides a great opportunity for your congregation or community organization to host a watch party and join in the discussion on preventing and responding to HIV/AIDS in our communities, and supporting individuals living with HIV and AIDS.
Prominent faith leaders and White House Officials will discuss the importance of ending stigma around this disease in order to promote prevention and early treatment, and increasing the number of people in communities who KNOW their status by being tested. Early testing and diagnosis is a key to prevention.
If you have a question for a member of the panel, please email Partnerships@hhs.gov by 12:00pm on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Be sure to include, your name, organization and location.
We hope you and your congregations will be able to join us for this important webcast discussion:
SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
7:00pm – 8:00pm
It is very important that faith communities participate in this webcast: http://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/policies/national-hiv-aids-strategy
The Bloomberg administration demoted a high-ranking agency official on Wednesday after she admitted falsifying time sheets and collecting more than $22,000 that she had not earned. The official, Karen Shaffer, an assistant commissioner of the Department for the Aging, was not only demoted and fined, but will also now have to use a scanner to prove that she is showing up at work. An agency spokesman said she was not fired, for reasons that were not clear. Read more in The New York Times.
Hyenga Lake Senior Community will open its doors to the public next month. More than 100 men and women 62 and older have applied. Of the applicants, 65 will be picked by the Rockland Housing Action Coalition, or RHAC, on Thursday through a lottery. There are hundreds of seniors awaiting senior housing in Rockland. Read more in the Journal News.
A nurse says she was groped and assaulted by a 15-year-old female earlier this month while working at the Tryon youth center as the sole female assigned to the all-girls unit, highlighting staffing problems, her union said Tuesday. Read more in the Albany Times Union.
Pledging to provide relief to highly taxed suburban homeowners, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders said Tuesday that they had agreed to place a 2 percent limit on property tax increases in a plan that rivals the toughest such measures in the nation. Read more in The New York Times.