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CUF research sparks state policy changes to tuition assistance program (TAP)

Impact - May 2024

CUF research sparks state policy changes to tuition assistance program (TAP)

The state's FY 2025 budget formally authorizes the expansion of the tuition assistance program (TAP) to part-time students, which CUF has recommended for more than a decade. The state also increased income thresholds for TAP, which the Center has recommended in several publications over the years.

Preparing for the End of the Affordable Connectivity Program in New York City

Data - May 2024

Preparing for the End of the Affordable Connectivity Program in New York City

Few places nationally have benefited from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) as much as New York City. With full funding for the program expiring at the end of April, nearly one million households across the five boroughs are poised to lose this subsidy—with the most significant impact felt in the city’s lowest-income communities.

CUF report inspires major new state investment in the arts

Impact - April 2024

CUF report inspires major new state investment in the arts

New York State's FY 2025 budget includes a $40 million increase in grantmaking funds for the New York State Council on the Arts and implementation of three new arts-and-culture programs. CUF's report on the creative economy in upstate New York put forward the very same proposals.

CUF's research influences new workforce RFI to support New Yorkers with disabilities

Impact - March 2024

CUF's research influences new workforce RFI to support New Yorkers with disabilities

The Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity announced a Request for Information (RFI) for a new initiative to “co-design and pilot new workforce development programs for New Yorkers with disabilities." This initiative was significantly influenced by the Center for an Urban Future’s research and various publications on New Yorkers with disabilities.

DOT Expands Micromobility to Queens, Echoing CUF Recommendations

Impact - June 2023

DOT Expands Micromobility to Queens, Echoing CUF Recommendations

The city’s Department of Transportation announced that the successful e-scooter sharing program piloted in the Bronx will expand to eastern Queens. CUF's recent commentary on expanding micromobility in all five boroughs called for the expansion of the Bronx e-scooter pilot to less transit-rich neighborhoods in Queens.

CUF’s Research Helps to Spark Inclusion of CDFIs in NYC Small Business Opportunity Fund

Impact - January 2023

CUF’s Research Helps to Spark Inclusion of CDFIs in NYC Small Business Opportunity Fund

In January, Mayor Adams announced the launch of a $75 million Small Business Opportunity Fund, that will tap the city's nonprofit Community Development Financial Institutions as lending partners, mirroring the Center’s recommendations for the city to make CDFIs a key partner in efforts to strengthen under-resourced small businesses.

CUF inspires new bills to expand job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities

Impact - December 2022

CUF inspires new bills to expand job opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities

In late December, the City Council passed two bills that would expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities, inspired by research and recommendations from CUF’s March 2022 Access Opportunity report.

NYC invests in teen library spaces, echoing CUF's recommendations

Impact - October 2022

NYC invests in teen library spaces, echoing CUF's recommendations

Mayor Adams announced a $15-million investment in dedicated teen spaces and programs across New York City’s public libraries, reflecting key recommendations from CUF's history of research on libraries.

CUF report influences City Council bill to create Small Business Digitization Team

Impact - September 2022

CUF report influences City Council bill to create Small Business Digitization Team

Council Member Julie Menin introduced a bill to establish an Office of Small Business Digitalization to help many more small businesses in the city get online. This initiative follows CUF's event on how to help more minority-owned businesses get online and our report No Small Relief, which included recommendations for city leaders to help small businesses adapt to the digital world.

CUF sparks new city initiative to re-enroll working age students at CUNY

Impact - September 2022

CUF sparks new city initiative to re-enroll working age students at CUNY

The newly launched CUNY Reconnect initiative was directly inspired by a January 2022 CUF report, which urged city officials to help re-enroll adult New Yorkers who earned some college credits but left school before completing a degree.

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