Comprehensive Study Finds Problems Mount For 'Indirect Victims' of WTC Attacks
New York City's Human Services Face Tough Times Ahead
Led by Employment, Housing and Mental Health Issues
NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a report released today by United Way of New York City (UWNYC), in conjunction with local public officials, academics and agency leaders, problems continue to mount for "indirect victims" of the WTC attacks, resulting in added pressure on the City's human service agencies. "Beyond Ground Zero: Challenges and Implications for Human Services in New York City Post September 11," the most comprehensive study to date of the challenges faced by New Yorkers and the City's human service organizations that serve them, looks beyond the primary victims of the attacks to the countless indirect victims now struggling with employment, housing and mental health issues. The report, commissioned by the UWNYC's Environmental Scan Committee, states that the top three problems for New York City in 2002 are employment, affordable housing and mental health concerns. For example: * Estimates on the number of jobs lost in New York as a result of the attack range from 90,000 to 150,000. * As of February 4, 2002, FEMA had provided a total of $5.9 million in mortgage and rental assistance to only an estimated 1,800 households who could demonstrate a loss of earnings due to the events of September 11. * According to a survey of adults living below 110th Street reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated 90,000 people reported symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder or clinical depression five to eight weeks after the terrorist attacks. Another 34,000 people boroughwide met the criteria for both diagnoses. "This new study provides the broadest picture yet of the challenges New Yorkers and the City's human services organizations are now facing," said Jack Krauskopf, Chief Program Officer, 9/11 United Services Group and chairman of the UWNYC's Environmental Scan Committee. "Community leaders and agencies came together to oversee this study, which identifies and prioritizes the challenges ahead. The pressures placed on nonprofit agencies may require a change in the way they operate," added Krauskopf. The report also includes proposed solutions to the new challenges facing nonprofits, such as improving coordination and avoiding duplication in the delivery of service; improving the basic business skills of agency managers; and, exploring opportunities to reduce costs and enhance effectiveness through mergers of organizations with similar or complementary missions. Ripple Effects While the physical damage caused by the terrorist attack was concentrated in a relatively small area, the economic and social effects pervade citywide. While many September 11th-related charities ? including The September 11th Fund, which UWNYC founded with The New York Community Trust ? have provided substantial assistance to tens of thousands of New York City workers and their families, the criteria used to define eligibility for assistance left out many people who lost their jobs as a result of the attack. For example: -- The loss of 9,000 jobs in the City's aviation industry during the fall of 2001 is for the most part a direct result of the events of September 11. But because airline and other airport employees worked in Queens rather than Lower Manhattan, they were not eligible for assistance. -- Workers laid off from hotels below Canal Street are considered victims of September 11; but workers laid off by Midtown hotels due to the sharp drop in visitor traffic after September 11 are not. -- People who had worked in the informal economy -- restaurant workers, deli delivery men, street vendors, housekeepers or informal child care workers and other who were paid "off the books" were in some cases unable to provide the documentation required to prove that they had in fact been working in the area below Canal Street. "We estimate that there are nearly 50,000 workers who lost their jobs but do not meet the eligibility requirements for other sources of September 11th-related relief," said Joe McDermott, executive director of the Consortium for Worker Education, which has helped displaced workers with job training and placement. "Relatively few industries have been left unscathed." United Way Works to Prioritize Areas of Need "The findings of the report will be instrumental in helping United Way define its post-September 11th funding priorities. We are working with city officials and businesses to find ways to address those problems that have been exacerbated since September 11 but are not being addressed by September 11th charities," said Ralph Dickerson, Jr., President of UWNYC. "It is our responsibility to alert human service organizations and local officials about these findings and to work with all community groups to offer solutions and assistance as our City undergoes the rebuilding process." Since the attacks and the economic downturn in New York, the cost to the City's economy has been variously estimated at anywhere between $63 billion and $125 billion over the next three years. The report indicates that private philanthropy will become more important to sustaining the overall health of the City as State and City dollars are reduced. In response, United Way of New York City created a new initiative called "Support New York" and is working with interested donors to apply contributions where they are needed most. Verizon, for example, has donated $4.3 million to United Way's Support New York Initiative. The "Beyond Ground Zero" Report, conducted by Appleseed Inc., was commissioned by United Way of New York City's Environmental Scan Committee, comprised of 33 community leaders and UWNYC staff members (see list below). For a copy of the complete report, please contact Jeanette Brown of United Way of New York City at 212-251-2473 or visit the UWNYC web site (www.uwnyc.org). About United Way of New York City United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to helping New York City's most vulnerable citizens become and remain self-sufficient. UWNYC funds a network of the most effective health and human services nonprofits in the five boroughs; unites voluntary organizations, businesses and government to address our community's most pressing needs; and provides management assistance, technology training, donated computers and more to help nonprofits achieve maximum impact. UWNYC's Web site address is http://www.uwnyc.org. United Way of New York City "Beyond Ground Zero: Challenges and Implications for Human Services in New York City Post-September 11" Environmental Scan Committee Chairman Jack Krauskopf Chief Program Officer, 9/11 United Services Group (Senior Fellow of the Aspen Institute when the report was initiated) Steering Committee Barbara Blum James R. Dumpson Director, Research Forum Senior Consultant, Office of the National Center for Children President in Poverty The New York Community Trust Edward J. Mullen Setsuko Matsunaga Nishi Willma & Albert Musher Professor, Professor Emerita of Sociology Columbia University School of and Principal Investigator, Social Work; Director, Center Japanese American Life Course Project, for the Study of Social Work The Graduate School and Brooklyn Practice College, The City University of New York Mary Ann Quaranta Alan B. Siskind Provost, Marymount College and Executive Vice President and Chief Dean Emerita, Executive Officer, Jewish Board of Fordham University Graduate Family & Children's Services, Inc. School of Social Work Members Eric Brettschneider Barbara Bryan Executive Director President Agenda for Children Tomorrow (ACT) New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG) Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez Thomas DeStefano President, Hispanic Chief Executive Director Federation, Inc. Catholic Charities Diocese of Brooklyn Rose Dobrof Michael Feller Professor of Gerontology President Brookdale Center for Aging, Chase Manhattan Foundation Hunter College Rosa Maria Gil Mark Hoover University Dean for Health Former First Deputy Commissioner Sciences NYC Human Resources Administration The City University of New York Emily Menlo Marks Megan McLaughlin Executive Director Executive Director & CEO United Neighborhood Houses Federation of Protestant Welfare of New York Agencies, Inc. Gail Nayowith Cao O Executive Director Executive Director Citizens' Committee for Children Asian American Federation of New York, Inc. Moises Perez Andrew Rein Executive Director Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Alianza Dominicana, Inc. Chancellor New York City Board of Education Aida Rodriguez Joseph Rose Chair, Non-Profit Management Former Director Program NYC Department of City Planning New School University Milano Graduate School John Ruskay Stuart Saft Executive Vice President & CEO Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & United Jewish Appeal-Federation Herz LLP; Chair, New York City of Jewish Philanthropies of Workforce Investment Board New York Nicholas Scoppetta Rev. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan Commissioner, NYC Fire Department Acting Executive Director, Catholic and Former Commissioner, NYC Charities of the Archdiocese of Administration for Children's New York Services James Tallon Dennis Walcott President Deputy Mayor of Policy, City of New United Hospital Fund of New York York Former President & CEO, New York Urban League United Way of New York City Staff Larry Mandell Lilliam Barrios-Paoli Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President, Agency Services Chief Operating Officer Linda Forbes Vice President, Policy and Planning MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X94395549
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