Daily News – Two years later, New York is still rebuilding from COVID-19, especially in our immigrant communities. The pandemic took a devastating toll, and for low-income, language-isolated immigrant communities, it’s an impact that many are unsure they will ever recover from. New York City with more than 3 million immigrants, more than a third of our population, has a staggering estimated range of 200 to 800 languages spoken in the metro area, making it the most linguistically diverse urban center in the world. As we vividly saw over the last few years of this pandemic, getting timely, accurate and accessible information and services is a matter of life and death for individuals, and a public health imperative for all of us.
As we rebuild, we have a unique opportunity to expand access to life-saving city information and services while creating well-paying jobs and business ownership opportunities for immigrant New Yorkers at the same time. We can advance that double bottom line by investing in developing New York’s language services workforce [Read More].