Publications and Reports

Our Fold-Out Guide

"Your Guide to Welfare in NYC"

On April 30, 2015, we released "Your Guide to Welfare in NYC," a dynamic fold-out poster designed to demystify New York City's public assistance system. By easily explaining how to apply for and keep public assistance, this guide will help nearly 350,000 New Yorkers access the benefits that they need to stay fed and sheltered.

Our Research

Culture of Deterrence: Voices of NYC Public Assistance Recipients

In May of 2014,  we released our latest research report. Entitled Culture of Deterrence: Voices of NYC Public Assistance Recipients, the report contains the results of over 130 surveys submitted by New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) clients. 

Culture of Deterrence systematically documents HRA's failure to properly deliver vital safety net benefits and proposes a series of sensible policies designed to immediately improve the situation. The report dominated headlines in The Daily News, on WNYC, and across a host of other media outlets.

Our Book

Street Practice: Changing the Lens on Poverty and Public Assistance

Our latest book, Street Practice, provides a front-line, grassroots perspective on innovative research practices of nonprofit organizations involved in poverty relief services in New York City. The book explores the manner in which organizations bridge the gap between research and policy advocacy.

In addition, Street Practice includes an account of the ways in which research contributes to alleviating or solving a community problem, as well as details on successes and failures of advocacy work, research, funding and political resistance.

Readers will also find compelling examples of social change in action and models for research and policy advocacy that can be applied in other urban areas. Purchase Street Practice today!