UJA-Federation of New York

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Since the height of the recession in 2008, thousands of people in the greater New York area have experienced devastating job loss. In light of high unemployment rates and significant cuts in government funding, UJA-Federation is dedicated to protecting a critical safety net and creating new opportunities for New Yorkers dealing with a job loss.

The Challenge

  • New York City’s unemployment rate is in the 10 percent range — its highest level in several years and higher than the state’s unemployment rate.
  • New York’s unemployment rate is also substantially higher than the national figures.
  • Many New Yorkers who have experienced a job loss face foreclosure or eviction; suffer from anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues; risk depleting their life’s savings; and can no longer afford health insurance. 
  • One-third of all unemployed or underemployed city residents have had to withdraw funds from retirement savings, threatening their future security.

UJA-Federation’s Response

  • Since its inception in 2009, UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care program has helped more than 61,000 New Yorkers hardest hit by the recession.
  • Through Connect to Care, UJA-Federation has helped clients prevent eviction, access food pantries, address mounting debts, prepare for viable employment, and cope with the emotional devastation of a job loss or other financial issues.
  • To date, UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care has distributed more than $1.9 million in emergency cash assistance. More than 53 percent of these funds have helped clients cover mortgage or rental costs.
  • Nearly 9,500 New Yorkers who have experienced a job loss have attended job fairs at five Connect to Care regional sites.

Learn more about Connect to Care and other programs helping New Yorkers struggling with a job loss.