In this Update:

  • NPW Policy Committee Meeting
  • NY State Housing Compact – Why it Matters to NPW and the Nonprofit Sector
  • Federal and State Policy and Advocacy Updates and Policy Tracker

NPW Policy Committee Meeting: Friday, March 3rd at 1:00 PM 

  • Please Attend the NPW Policy Committee this Friday as we discuss The NY State Budget, Equitable Contracting and Affordable Housing.

  • All members are welcome to attend. Register HERE.

The New York Housing Compact: What Would It Mean for Westchester?

In a recent webinar covering the NY Housing Compact, housing experts explained what has been proposed in Governor Hochul's housing plan, and what it would look like for the cities, towns, and villages of Westchester County. We discussed what we can do to keep this conversation about building the needed housing going with our members of the State Legislature.

Why is this issue important for NPW and for the nonprofit sector? The issue of affordable housing is of critical significance as we seek to address the impact of systemic racism and redlining. This has limited the possibility of home ownership and wealth building over decades for Black and Brown people and is something we must address as a society. Additionally, we are motivated to advocate for the nonprofit workforce – the lifeblood of our communities – as they are priced out of the Westchester rental and ownership markets. The Westchester housing crisis needs to be addressed so our workforce (80% women and 55% people of color) can live and thrive where they work. Read the following factsheet, “A Crisis: Affordable Housing and Westchester’s Nonprofit Workforce. 

Watch the Recording of the February 23rd Webinar HERE. Find out more information about affordable housing and the nonprofit sector HERE.

Policy & Advocacy Updates
(Special thanks for this content to our colleagues at Nonprofit New York) 


National Inquiry on Staffing Shortages

Our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits have asked members if nonprofits are continuing to see major staffing shortages, and whether it would be helpful to try and collect national data on the issue. Please let us know what your organization and/or subsector is seeing by emailing Jan Fisher at


Jessica Mendieta from the National Council of Nonprofits wrote a blog post focused on challenges to accessing affordable childcare, its impact on nonprofits, and policy proposals in various states and localities: Expanding Access to Affordable Child Care, Jessica Mendieta, Nonprofit Essentials, Feb. 15, 2023.

Racial Equity - Executive Order:

Tax Code and Racial Inequity

The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center issued a detailed study of the tax code and its impact on race. The study found itemized deductions disproportionately benefit White taxpayers over Black and Hispanic taxpayers. The tax code can widen existing racial income and wealth inequalities because of long-standing disparities in housing, education, and employment. See the report at, A New Approach for Estimating the Impact of Tax Policies by Race and Ethnicity, Tax Policy Center, Feb. 10, 2023.

Initial Proposals for Updating OMB’s Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a notice on January 27, 2023 requesting comments on proposals that would update the federal government’s race and ethnicity statistical standards. The initial proposals from the Federal Interagency Technical Working Group on Race and Ethnicity Standards ask whether race and ethnicity information should be combined into one question; a Middle Eastern and North African category should be added to the United States federal surveys and censuses; what term should be used for people who identify with groups that span national borders; changes to how Hispanic individuals are able to self-identify; and how to collect data related to descent from enslaved peoples originally from the African continent. The newly proposed race and ethnicity standards would be the first changes since 1997. Public comments are due on April 12, 2023.

Student Loan Litigation

On February 28, the U.S. Supreme Court will heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the authority of President Biden to “cancel” student debt. While important to borrowers, neither case concerns the separate law on Public Service Loan Forgiveness through which employees of charitable nonprofits and governments earn forgiveness of their federal student loans in exchange for working in public service for 10 years.

Fact Sheet on Ending of COVID-19 Health and National Emergencies on May 11, 2023

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. HHS released a fact sheet on the Department’s transition roadmap. The fact sheet clarifies that access to COVID-19 vaccinations and treatments will generally not be affected. Certain Medicare and Medicaid waivers and broad flexibilities for health care providers will end, as well as full coverage for testing.

Immigration Fee Increase Proposed Rule

On January 4, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security issued a proposed rule to adjust immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Within the proposals, the cost of applying for temporary work visas could triple (See analysis by the League of American Orchestras, DHS Proposes New Fees: Includes Steep Increases for Artist Visas, Harmful Policy Changes, January 23, 2023 ). The comment period is open until March 6, 2023.


A Place at the Table

Assemblymember Gonzalez-Rojas is planning to re-introduce legislation for A Place at the Table which seeks to increase access for smaller, grassroots nonprofits to engage in the policymaking process. After she introduces a bill in the Assembly, Senator Krueger will introduce a “same as” in the state senate.

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Reform

A working group of Nonprofit New York’s Government Relations Council will be championing another bill this session that provides a technical fix to the N-PCL, this time on board classification.

Governor Hochul Releases State Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2024

On February 1, 2023, Governor Hochul presented the state Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2024. The budget briefing documents and legislation are available on the State Division of Budget website, and a recording of Governor Hochul’s budget speech can be found here

On February 8, 2023, the State Senate released its Blue Book analysis of the proposed budget. Similarly, the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee released its analysis of the Executive Budget in the 2023 Yellow Book.

State Legislative Tracker

Here are the bills being tracked by Nonprofit New York this session that will impact the nonprofit sector. Please let us know if you have positions on these bills, or are tracking other bills you think we should add. At this point, NPW is not taking a position on any of these legislative items. More detailed information can be found using Nonprofit New York's State Legislative Tracker.

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