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Published by Aja
Investing in human capital: how investments in human
services support a strong economy
Investing in human capital: how investments in human
services support a strong economy

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Investing in
human capital:
how investments in
support a
strong economy
Human Services Council of New York 
The Human Services Council (HSC) is the Voice o the Human Services Community. We represent thousands o not-or-protorganizations in New York and we advocate or the needs o the human services sector as a whole. Human service providerscan accomplish more or their clients when they work together to increase unding, master complex new regulations, andorchestrate joint technology. HSC provides the structure to make that happen.Since 1991, we have helped bring together a diverse network o human services organizations to discuss ideas and take col-lective action on issues and concerns that impact the entire sector. Through advocacy, inormation, collaboration, and techni-cal assistance, member organizations and their leaders are supported by the whole human services community in addressingtheir concerns o public policy, economic trends, and regulatory environment.For more about HSC, visit ourWebsite:
Facebook: HSC.NY
Who Cares? I Do.
HSC is spearheading the
Who Cares? I Do.
campaign to spread awareness o the impact unding cuts will have on New York’s individuals, amilies, communities, and economy. Ultimately, our goal is to infuence government decisions about theallocation o State and City resources and protect investments in human service programs.The campaign is supported by individuals, organizations, businesses, policy makers, philanthropists, and many others whorecognize how critical human services are to New York and all its communities — whether it’s an ater-school program,a senior center, shelter or the homeless, a ood pantry, assistance or domestic violence victims, a mental health clinic,a home or oster children, or a day care center. Our mission is to make government accountable to the needs o all New Yorkers by honoring the commitments made to our communities.For more about the
Who Cares? I Do.
campaign, visit ourWebsite:
Who Cares? I Do.
For more inormation about this report, contact:
Shana Mosher (212) 836-1125 • moshers@humanservicescouncil.org
 Acknowledgements:This report was written by Shana Mosher, Policy Analyst o the Human Services Council with contributions byNeha Kallianpurkar; graphic design ormatting assistance by Sara Abraham-Oxord; Supervisory Editor: Allison Sesso, Deputy Executive Director
130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 • Tel: 212-836-1230 • Fax: 212-836-1368 • humanservicescouncil.org • whocares-ido.org
The United States prides itsel on being the “land o opportunity,” a place where hard work is rewarded. But attaining the American Dream has become increasingly dicult as moreand more amilies struggle to make ends meet. With a shrinking middle class, skyrocket-ing poverty rates, and growing wealth gap, we must make policy choices that supportparticipation in the workorce. This policy brie provides inormation and examples thatdemonstrate how human services such as child care and youth services, senior services,and nutrition programs remove barriers to work and help beneciaries remain in theworkorce, acting as a catalyst into the middle class.In March 2012 the New York State unemployment rate was 8.7 percent and the New York City rate was a little higher at 9.8 percent.
These unemployment rates and the ris-ing number o households below the povertyline have contributed to an ever-increasingdemand or human services. Investments inhuman services are needed more than everto keep unemployment numbers rom in-creasing. Continued and increased supportat all levels o government will ensure thatmany individuals stay employed. Govern-ment leaders oten stress the importance ogetting people back to work, but they should also ocus on helping them keep the jobsthey already have. Keeping people employed is critical or amilies, communities, and theeconomic health o the city and state.
What is the “safety-net”?
The American social saety net provides resources to the economically vulnerable to pre-vent them rom alling below the poverty line. Saety-net programs, such as child care,elder care, nutrition, employment training, and housing assistance, are human servicesprograms and are commonly provided by nonprot organizations that are paid throughcontracts with government. In many cases, these programs provide basic supports toovercome barriers that prevent employment. As the income gap has risen, so has de-mand or these programs. Yet, governments across the country are slashing unding orhuman services, orcing them to operate with diminished resources.
With a shrinking middle class, skyrocketing poverty rates, and growing wealth gap,
we must makepolicy choices thatsupport participationin the workorce.

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