Tell New York Not to Cut Off the Lifeline for Women and Children
  • Petitioned Michael Bloomberg

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Mayor, New York City
Michael Bloomberg
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York-009
State Sen. Dean Skelos
New York-064
State Rep. Nicole Malliotakis

Tell New York Not to Cut Off the Lifeline for Women and Children

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      Who Cares? I Do.

 

New York State and City legislators represent one of the most diverse populations in the country comprised of people from a wide range of economic, racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds and circumstances. Yet, women from almost all groups will be disproportionately affected by cuts to programs and services around the State and New York City. 

Budget cuts will severely affect:

Childcare subsidies including day care and after-school programs

Residential schools for children with disabilities

New York City homeless shelters and housing subsidies for homeless adults (who are mostly women with children)

Non-residential domestic violence programs

Mental health community residential programs

The cuts will have an enormous adverse effect on women’s lives and the well-being of their families. It is estimated that 59 to 75 percent of family or informal caregivers are women. Any program cut that makes it more difficult to look after a child, a person with a developmental disability, or a senior disproportionately affects women. Without a child care subsidy, many women and families will face tough choices about how to pay for rent, utilities and food.

The proposed cuts to family shelters and the Advantage housing subsidy deliver a double whammy to women. Households headed by single mothers make up the majority -- 80.8 percent -- of homeless adults with families in the shelter system. Many of these women are escaping from abusive partners: 28% of families were homeless because of domestic violence in 2008.

The Advantage housing subsidy program provides one path out of the shelter system and into permanent housing. Elimination of Advantage housing subsidies means that 15,000 families, or roughly 45,000 individuals, will be back in the emergency shelter system or on the streets. Thousands of woman and children will have to remain in a shelter or return to an abusive situation.

“Despite the encouraging and wonderful gains and the changes for women which have occurred in my lifetime, there is still room to advance and to promote correction of the remaining deficiencies and imbalances.”
-Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Without strong women and families, we cannot maintain strong communities. Sign the petition and show New York you care!

 

To:
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City
New York Governor
New York State Senate
State Sen. Dean Skelos, New York-009
State Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, New York-064
I care about people in need and maintaining a sound quality of life in New York. I proudly add my name and join the call on government to allocate adequate State and local resources to all New Yorkers in need of essential services.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Sara Sommers BROOKLYN CENTER, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Women, specifically single mothers or female caretakers, need the most support from governments to keep their families safe and healthy. It is wrong to make cuts to services essential to these women.

      Without strong women and families, we cannot maintain strong communities.

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    • Suzanne M. Ritter BOARDMAN, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Oh, BUT WE SEEM TO ALWAYS HAVE MONEY TO BOMBS! WHY IS THAT! WHY IS IT HARDER TO FIND MONEY FOR OUR SMALLEST AMERICANS? GREED- GREED GREED! It just sickens me to see so much wrong in this country and too many Politicians not doing anything about it! Corporations hiding money overseas - taxpayer loopholes for the extreme wealthy and children die of hunger! Why? How can this be the America that says we take care of our own, when we don't unless you have enough money for a lawyer?

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    • Donna Mulvey RIDGE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      As a survivor of Domestic Violence I am appalled that thousands of women may suffer needlessly because the gov wants to save some money. These cuts will adversely hurt women and children affected by domestic violence by putting them directly in harm's way because they will be unable to go to these programs and agencies to escape the abuse. Do not cut funding for domestic violence programs!

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    • STEPHANIE BRANDT AVERNE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      ME AND MY 2 KIDS ARE IN A DV SHELTER AND COME OCT WE HAVE BEEN HOMELESS 2 YEARS!! THERE ARE NO MORE HOUSING PROGRAMS TO HELP SO IDK HOW I WILL EVER GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION. TAKE FROM THE RICH NOT THE POOR!! WE NEED HELP

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    • missy Bannister BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      oh please Mr Blomberg could u please help me am a mother with 4 children and 3 of them have special need .we need your help please help us

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