Analysis of City Government Funding to Social Service Organizations Serving the Asian American Community in New York City (2015)
This analysis studied contracts awarded by the City’s six social service agencies: the Department of Education, Administration for Children’s Services, Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services, Department for the Aging, Department of Youth and Community Development, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It also assessed distributions by borough and Asian ethnicity. While Asian Americans now make up close to 15 percent of New York City’s population, the Asian American community only received 1.4 percent of the contracts and just 3.1 percent of the contract dollars given by city agencies to social service providers in the past 13 years. Recommendations include changing contract procurement policies to give more credit to community service providers with language and cultural competency and to build capacity among Asian-focused service providers so that they may better compete for City service contracts.