Initiatives and Campaigns

Human Services Recovery Taskforce

The Human Services Recovery Taskforce was formed to help analyze and develop strategies for strengthening the resilience of the sector during and following the COVID-19 health crisis. This new commission convened to study the human services sector’s response to COVID-19, the “new normal” that providers face, and the steps that government must take to keep the sector afloat and help New York recover from the pandemic.

The Taskforce – led by co-chairs Jamie Rubin​, CEO of Meridiam NA and ​Fred Shack, CEO of Urban Pathways – worked to gather information about response and recovery, and developed recommendations for steps the City and State can take to support a resilient and strong sector.


Value-Based Care Collaboration + Commission

HSC’s Value-Based Care Commission was formed to support New York State’s shift to a value-based payment (VBP) model for health and human services in the area of Medicaid.

We partnered with Greater New York Hospital Association to convene the Human and Health Services Collaborative, a cross-stakeholder group that aimed to address the challenges in developing contractual relationships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and health care organizations (HCOs).

Based on Collaborative discussions, HSC has developed a set of recommendations to facilitate cross-sector contracting and sustain the human services organization activities that provide value to healthcare providers and plans.


Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York

Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York is a Statewide coalition of more than 350 nonprofit human services providers, calling for increased State investment in the sector’s workforce and infrastructure. Working under contract with the State, human services agencies provide crucial services to uplift New Yorkers from all walks of life.  The State must ensure these organizations can continue their vital work.


Disaster Readiness & Resiliency

HSC has long played a leading role in the human services sector’s effort to prepare for and respond to disasters. Shortly after Hurricane Sandy, it was clear that the human services sector would be deeply involved in recovery efforts and that it would be beneficial for HSC to serve as a convening and coordinating body for the sector.

As the sector starts to plan for another disaster, it is clear that the sector requires an ongoing function to support this effort, a role HSC is glad to continue.


Reframing Human Services

As the Voice of the Human Services Community, HSC tells the story of why human services matter to us all, how the sector works, and what challenges the sector faces. HSC works to communicate all the ways in which the human services sector contributes to all New Yorkers through their services, how vital these organizations are to the fabric of New York’s neighborhoods, and how the well-being of the sector is crucial to a thriving New York.

HSC is proud to be one of the three chosen states, alongside Illinois and Texas; leading the “Reframing Human Services” initiative in New York. We thank the Kresge Foundation for their generous support of this work.


Sustain Our Sanctuary

218 organizations, which represent over $5 billion in human services spending in the City, are sounding the alarm about how decades of underinvestment have left the sector on the brink of collapse. We are calling for immediate investment on our contracts to stop the closure of essential services that make New York a safe, diverse, and inclusive sanctuary for all.


Restore Opportunity Now

Restore Opportunity Now is a statewide effort to call for crucial investments and systemic changes to strengthen New York’s nonprofit human services sector. The human services delivery system is the cornerstone in promoting well-being, in successful health and education programs, and a crucial partner in building the economy, but critical changes are needed to ensure the sector can continue to provide essential services.


Portraits of New York City

In 2016, Human Services Council (HSC), announced a grant competition, in partnership with Measure of America with funding provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, for our members to use data to address challenges in New York’s communities. HSC awarded grants of $10,000 to member organizations to create data-based portraits that would illuminate important issues in their neighborhood or field using indicators from Data2Go.NYC, a free, online data mapping and visualization tool with 350 indicators of human need and well-being.


Commission to Examine Nonprofit Human Services Organization Closures

Created in February 2015, HSC’s led Commission to Examine Nonprofit Human Services Organization Closures, examined the growing closure trend among nonprofit human services providers. The report we released, New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action, identifies chronic problems and offers solutions for strengthening the nonprofit human services sector, which is responsible for delivering essential government services to 2.5 million New Yorkers each year.


Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program

HSC, in partnership with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, and United Neighborhood Houses, secured $100 million for the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP), a first for our State.  NICIP provides bonded capital grants for projects to improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of nonprofit human services organizations.