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Unfinished Business: Last Year's Headlines Remain This Year's Issues

Thursday, January 03, 2013
A recap by New York Nonprofit Press on the big stories from 2012 that have yet to be resolved. UNH's Policy Analyst Gregory Brender was quoted in the following excerpt:

Inadequate Funding 

And, on the ground, EarlyLearn providers are continuing to express concerns about the inadequacy of funding to support the new program model.  “It is a huge issue,” says Gregory Brender, Early Childhood and Education Policy Analyst at United Neighborhood Houses.  

One aspect of the problem was the need for EarlyLearn provider agencies to pick up the costs of providing health insurance and other benefits for program staff – an expense which had traditionally been paid directly by the City itself.   Even after additional funding was added, providers found the resources to be insufficient to purchase benefit plans that did not require significant increases in employee contributions.  

And, providers continue to anticipate significant operating losses on the programs themselves. “The rate still isn’t adequate to cover the cost of care,” says Brender.  “Providers are having a hard time covering their costs while providing services that meet their own standards and those of the EarlyLearn model.”

Read the whole article here>>

College Care Packages are on Their Way

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
The UNH Junior Board just sent off 50 care packages to college freshmen who had been assisted by UNH member college access programs. Recipients, including the winners of this year’s Viacom Scholarship, from 8 different member agencies were sent support and encouragement with these packages as they study hard at Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, Cornell University, and University of Wisconsin- Madison, just to name a few. Thanks to donors, including UNH Board President Lew Kramer, Ernst & Young, New York University, Promo Direct, and The US Playing Card Company, the care packages were filled with items like water bottles, pens, gym bags, playing cards, and sewing kits –great for students away from home for the first time.

Campaign for Summer Jobs Testimony Before the NYC Council Committee on Youth Services and Community Development

Friday, November 30, 2012
Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Youth Services and
New York City Council Committee on Community Development
Oversight Hearing: The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Requests for Proposals

UNH's Record-Breaking 2012 Annual Benefit

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Gary Pagano from Corporate Honoree Viacom and Honoree David Kubie. 

UNH would like to thank all the wonderful supporters that made the 2012 UNH Annual Benefit a resounding success -  raising $700,000, the highest in the history of the event - to help support settlement houses in need. Special thanks to New Yorkers Who Make a Difference, Honorees David Kubie and Viacom, emcees Carrie Keagan and Jason Dundas from VH1's Big Morning Buzz, and Golden Benefactors including Paul Balser and Paula DelNunzio, Judy and Lew Kramer, Ruth and Side Lapidus, Lois and Arthur Stainman, and Viacom's Jimmy Barge, as well as all those who attended the special event. UNH was pleased to welcome 350 people to Tribeca Three Sixty on a beautiful October NYC night.

Corporate Honoree Viacom made this video highlighting the special partnership that has formed between UNH and Viacom through joint efforts to make a difference in New York City. You can view this video here.   Please visit our Facebook album to view pictures from the event! 
Again, we thank you for your partnership as we work to strengthen New York City's neighborhoods at a very challenging time for those struggling to succeed.


UNH Member Agencies Help NYC Communities Recover from Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, November 06, 2012
UNH members acted heroically to address the multiple needs of their communities and of our City's most vulnerable people. See below some media stories about the agencies in UNH's network and the amazing work they did and are continuing to do in a time of great need.

Please visit our Volunteer and Donation Needs page for updated information about what UNH's member agencies need at this time. 

WNYC: On the Lower East Side, A Woman Emerges From a Dark High Rise for the First Time

UNH member Henry Street Settlement delivered meals and cooked food from their headquarters that would have otherwise gone bad to serve the residents of the Lower East Side during the week-long power outage. 

NY1: Supplies Arrive for Chelsea Residents
UNH member Hudson Guild partnered with The National Guard, Salvation Army, and NYPD to distribute vital resources to community residents. 

WNET: Serving Seniors During Hurricane Sandy

Staff members from UNH member Queens Community House worked through the storm to ensure that seniors who depends on delivered meals were not left hungry. 

NY Daily News: Readers Sound Off on Hurricane Sandy and its Aftermath

Executive Director of UNH member Sunnyside Community Services, Judy Zangwill, wrote a letter to the editor detailing the barriers staff overcame to ensure the safety of homebound seniors who use SCS services.  

Wall Street Journal: Feeling Forgotten After the Storm
UNH member Henry Street Settlement continues to help the battered Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. 

Sheepshead Bay Blog: The Doctor is in at Shorefront Y
UNH member Shorefront Y, located in Coney Island, has a doctor on hand to see children who need medical attention during this time when many residents do not have power. 

UNH Mourns the Loss of Barbara B. Blum, CHair Emerita of the UNH Board of Directors.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

United Neighborhood Houses notes with sadness the death of Barbara B. Blum, Chair Emerita of the UNH Board of Directors. Her distinguished career in government, the nonprofit sector and philanthropy was dedicated to improving the lives of children, adults and families. We are grateful for her leadership.

Sidney Lapidus, Honorary Chair

Lewis Kramer, President

Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director 

Gearing Up for Election Day 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Today, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day! To help those out who are planning a voter registration drive, or are trying to get registered before the October 12 deadline, we've created these resources!

1. UNH Guide to Voter Registration
2. Voting in New York City - Frequently Asked Questions

See you at the polls! 

Pictured: UNH staff and volunteers run a voter 
registration stand in 2009. 

UNH Releases "The New Frontier: Social Programs for Older Adults and Managed Long Term Care Plans"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

UNH is pleased to release a brief on Medicaid managed long term care and its early implications for UNH member agencies (and potentially other community-based nonprofits) serving older adults.  It was prepared by UNH policy analyst Carin Tinney for UNH members in order to provide context for the massive changes occurring in the funding environment for services for seniors.

Medicaid managed long term care plans (MLTCs) are approaching social service agencies to contract for services and gain access to participants. There are both opportunities and challenges in this “new frontier” of collaboration. On the upside, it is a new source of funding for under-resourced programs, but at the same time it requires a different and new level of oversight.  It is, in fact, a new way of doing business.   UNH first learned about this trend over a year ago and has been closely monitoring its impact on our communities and agencies. The attached paper, “The New Frontier: Social Programs for Older Adults and Managed Long Term Care Plans.”, is meant to be a primer, explaining the history and background of the trend.

Browse the document here, or click here to download. 

Campaign for Summer Jobs' Remarks on Final RFP

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In July, United Neighborhood Houses and the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition partnered to respond to the June 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program Concept Paper released by the Department for Youth and Community Development. 

Read their latest remarks, in response to DYCD's latest clarifying memo regarding the final RFP. 

Junior Board Care Package Program

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Junior Board, a group of young professionals dedicated to the UNH mission, has been active in the college access scene by leading college and career panels at several UNH agencies since the beginning of this year. Now they are taking their involvement to the next level. We are excited to introduce the Junior Board Care Package Program, a way for the Junior Board to offer a source of support and encouragement for students who have participated in their College Access/Prep programs as they enter their first year of college. If you are interested in donating items or supporting this program, click here to contact the Junior Board.  Pictured: Junior Board member Daniel Fletcher leads a discussion on paying for college at UNH member Hudson Guild