HRA Puts “People First” in New Employment Plan

The Human Resources Administration in New York City released its Biennial Employment Plan on October 1st. The plan outlines numerous reforms that will create meaningful, long-term career opportunities for some of New York’s most disadvantaged individuals and households. Our Founder and President, George T. McDonald, responds:

​Today the Human Resources Administration (HRA) unveiled a new Employment Plan to help disadvantaged New Yorkers find and secure good paying, long-term jobs. The plan includes some remarkable innovations but, above all, it puts people first, and aims to equip them with tailored services, education, and the skills they need to find gainful employment and sustainable pathways out of poverty.

After thirty years of helping the homeless and formerly incarcerated achieve economic independence, The Doe Fund is well acquainted with the challenges faced by low-income individuals and the agencies that assist them.  We applaud these timely proposals.

The plan includes special emphasis on youth, education, and supportive services; the city’s homeless population and new ways to help them reclaim their lives and their livelihoods; and provides more flexibility for individuals to build their skills and their resumes through internships, community service, and subsidized employment.

Work is not only the economic engine of our city and country, it is the best solution we have to combat poverty and homelessness. All of us at The Doe Fund commend Commissioner Banks and his team for developing innovative solutions that focus on connecting people with opportunity and offering a hand-up to those who need it most.

George T. McDonald

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Founded in 1985, The Doe Fund provides life-transforming services for the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, disenfranchised youth, and people living with AIDS. The organization's flagship Ready, Willing & Able program has helped tens of thousands of individuals achieve permanent self sufficiency through paid work, transitional housing, and employment training.