NYN Daily 8/31

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NYC, Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunny across the state. New York City, high 93; Albany, 87; Buffalo, high 80. 

Top News

Mayor de Blasio Authorizes Emergency Measure to Aid Homeless People

With few beds available in New York City’s homeless shelters, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has authorized another $10 million emergency measure to provide rental assistance to people facing homelessness, The New York Times reports. Mary Brosnahan, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless, said the new program was an “important step.” Read more.

Op-Ed: In NYC, a high-stakes homeless showdown

The Doe Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless, is suing the Department of Homeless Services as a response to its decision to reassign homeless sex offenders to its facilities, forcing it to make room for the offenders and deprive others of services because the city has no solution for this vulnerable population, Arvind Dilawar writes in The Daily News. Read more.

Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left

The New York Times profiles Amalgamated Bank, which has staked out a niche position as the go-to bank for many progressive political and social organizations, from presidential campaigns to New York nonprofit agencies, building on its history as a union-owned institution. Read more (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/us/politics/owned-by-union-amalgamated-bank-gives-lift-to-the-left.html) . 

CEO Corner: Nancy Wackstein, United Neighborhood Houses 

New York Nonprofit Media sat down with Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses, an association of 38 settlement houses and community centers and a leading voice in nonprofit advocacy on the city and state level.

Watch the interview here.

NYN Buzz

HSC Announces Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program RFP

HSC anticipates that the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program RFP will be released before the end of the summer, and want to remind providers to update their information in Grants Gateway so that they are eligible to compete. 

HSC, UJA-Federation of New York, and United Neighborhood Houses successfully advocated at the State for a $50 million infrastructure fund - the first in the State - which will provide bonded capital grants for projects to improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of nonprofit human services organizations that serve New Yorkers. Funding will be distributed through a competitive application process and must be available for uses throughout the state.

Eligible projects include:

* Technology upgrades that improve electronic records, data analysis, or confidentiality

* Renovations or expansions of space used for direct program services

* Modifications to make spaces more sustainable and energy efficient

* Accessibility renovations 

Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding if:

* They are human services organizations

* They provide direct services to New Yorkers

* They have state contracts, state authorized payments, and/or state payment rates 

In the announcement, HSC stated that the organization is "not sure of how long the RFP will remain open," encouraging all eligible nonprofits to ensure they have a Grants Gateway account and that its information is up to date.

For a calendar of Grants Gateway training sessions through HSC, click here

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* Despite a steadily approaching deadline to cut a pivotal deal on construction incentives and wages for construction workers, New York City’s real estate industry and building trades unions are keeping mum on the upcoming 421-A negotiations. Will anyone win? City & State reports. Read more.

* In the midst of the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to announce he’ll soon be leading a delegation to the troubled island for a “solidarity” trip, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports. Read more

* Former state Assemblyman Karim Camara, who is now the head of Cuomo’s Office of Faith-Based Development Services, spent a night behind bars last month after a late-night arrest in Buffalo's party district, the Daily News reports. Read more

Nonprofits in the News

Does Facebook’s Donate Button Hurt the Nonprofit Sector More Than It Helps? 

Shafaq Hasan of Nonprofit Quarterly suggests that Facebook's new expanded "Donate Now" button may be missing the point of what nonprofits truly need from the social media juggernaut: increased visibility through an advertising program similar to Google's Ad Grants. Read more.

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