Five harsh facts of transgender life in New York City.

A nighttime image of the New York City skyline
A nighttime image of the New York City skyline

Five harsh facts of transgender life in New York City.

And other updates from across New York.
April 2, 2019

A housing partnership between the Robin Hood Foundation and New York City is moving along in Manhattan. The city has filed plans for a 174-unit project that will rise 143 feet at the Inwood Library site, according to The Real Deal.

“HPD announced in early 2017 that it would partner with the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York Public Library to explore developing affordable housing at the site,” the magazine writes. “The site will include a new library, and HPD and Robin Hood will secure funding for it.”

UPDATE: Patch has details on how another nonrprofit is involved in the project. The Children's Village is a co-developor of the project, which replicates a building the nonprofit erected in Harlem, President and CEO Jeremy Kohomban said.

"The city will hand over the Inwood library branch on Broadway between Dyckman and Academy streets to a development team composed of the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH), Ranger Properties, Alembic, and the Children's Village, HPD announced. That team's winning bid calls for the construction of a new three-level library branch in the development, HPD announced in 2018," Patch wrote.


A few nonprofits have won a piece of the $175.5 billion state budget. The office of state Sen. Jessica Ramos – whose district centers around Jackson Heights, Queens – released a press release on April 1 that lists the following nonprofits as recipients of state aid: Make The Road NY; Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Program; Citizens Committee for New York City; Woodside on the Move; Her Justice; Consortium for Worker Education Credentials; Langston Hughes Library; National Association of Social Workers - NYC Chapter; Apicha Health Center; and Neighborhood Housing Services Queens. No additional details were available.


FPWA has something to say about the final budget. In short, criminal justice reform is good, but a lack of funding for the anti-eviction Home Stability Support program, a cost-of-living adjustment for human services workers, and only $20 million for census outreach are not what the nonprofit was hoping for in the budget. “The failure to include investments in the human services workforce contradicts the governor’s progressive and women’s justice agenda,” reads an April 1 press release. “At FPWA, we are committed to a vision of equity that encompasses all, not just some, and remain vigilant in our efforts to achieve this vision.”


On a related note, the “Irish is up” at The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies:


Five harsh facts encapsulate the problems transgender people face in New York City. A new report from Amida Care, a nonprofit no/low-cost Medicaid plan provider, examines the intersection of health care and discrimination against transgender people in the five boroughs. A few takeaways taken verbatim from the report:

  • People of transgender experience are 2.4 times more likely to be living in poverty than the general population.
  • About 60 percent of people of transgender experience in New York report being mistreated by the police.
  • More than one out of four people of transgender experience have experienced homelessness in New York.
  • Forty percent report having tried to commit suicide.

Zach Williams
Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at New York Nonprofit Media and sister publication City & State.