A Legacy of Hope

Our long history in the fight against poverty has been marked by significant achievements: serving as the catalyst for the city’s first tenement housing laws; creating a prototype for the nation’s free school lunch program; and advancing New York State’s old age assistance program, an important forerunner to Social Security.

A Tradition of Innovation

Throughout our history, we’ve brought evidence-based, innovative approaches to tackling the toughest issues of the day: inequity in our health care system; a lack of affordable housing; and a wage gap that leaves working families without the means to build a secure economic future.

We continue to make remarkable progress, thanks in large part to the support of a vast network of partners, contributors, and volunteers.

A More Equitable City

Nevertheless, the challenges we face today are significant. The problems of poverty and inequality loom larger than at any point since the Great Depression.

With your help, we’ll continue to make strides toward a stronger, more equitable New York.

Explore Our Timeline: A Legacy of Hope For New Yorkers In Need

Browse our historical accomplishments by clicking through the timeline below:

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