Gothamist – With many immigrants widely ineligible for federally funded childcare, Promise NYC has been heralded as a vital support – especially to migrants who have newly arrived in the city. Families with children account for more than 70% of those living in shelters.

“Given the administration’s admirable advocacy for work authorization for asylum-seekers, it is befuddling that they are threatening to cut the resource that allows our newest New Yorkers, especially those who are women to go to work,” Councilmember Shahana Hanif, who chairs the immigration committee, said at the hearing. “This program is an economic driver that will make asylum-seekers more self-sufficient and less reliant on costly city-funded shelter beds.” [Read More]