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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.”
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Campaign for Summer Jobs Testimony Before the NYC Council Committee on Youth Services and Community Development
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Read their latest remarks, in response to DYCD's latest clarifying memo regarding the final RFP.
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.