#JustPay Rally for 5.4% Human Services COLA in Final Budget

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On May 25th, the Network joined the Human Services Council (HSC) and human services workers from nonprofits across the City for a #JustPay rally to urge the Mayor and City Council to include $86 million for a 5.4% COLA for the human services sector in the final budget.

 HSC Board Secretary Marial Liardo emceed the event and select elected officials and direct service human services workers addressed the crowd. 

“If I don't show up to work, people in need of supportive and affordable housing won't get placements....yet my wages don't match the critical work that I do." said Nilza Phillips of Urban Pathways. 

“We need to make sure our workers have enough money to live,” said Council Member Nantasha Williams.

"You shoulder the pain of the city and it’s not right you don’t get paid a living wage,” said Council Member Sandy Nurse. 

"We’re going to work to make sure you get what you deserve in the budget: Just Pay,” said Council Member Erik Bottcher

"3 words: just f***ing pay. People providing services need the services themselves… it’s not right,” said Council Member Lincoln Restler.

Other speakers included Council Members Althea Stevens, Julie Menin, and Tiffany Caban, as well as impacted staff from Queens Community House, Urban Resources Institute, Project Renewal, and Center for Community Alternatives.

As of June 15, 2022, the budget agreement includes $60 million for legal and human services workers. We will follow up with more detail on how the $60 million will be allocated when the City provides that information. Read our blog on the FY 2023 Adopted NYC Budget and Housing Blueprint here.

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