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Eric Adams, Mayor of New York announcement that his office distribute an additional $3 million to the 150 families affected by the devastating Bronx Fire. The news comes just a week after Documented reported that the mayor’s office distributed just 10% of donations collected to support survivors of the fatal incident, showing how powerful and vital local journalism can be when journalists and community members gather. Our reporter, Amir Khafagy, had written an exclusive report which revealed that victims of the Twin Parks fire were crammed into bed bug infested motels and had been given just $2,150 to rebuild their lives. Immigrants face an additional layer of hardship, such as the threat of deportation or pending asylum claims. Find the report on Documented.
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Home care workers call on Hochul to fund fair compensation in final budget
Today, more than 150 home care workers and home care providers will appeal to New York Governor Kathy Hochul to fund the Home Care Fair Compensation Act in her final budget. A recent analysis of Mercer’s work shows that New York faces the nation’s worst home care shortage, and low wages are the biggest driving factor. The home care shortage is set to grow exponentially: New York will have nearly a million home care vacancies by 2028. Home care fair compensation legislation would more than pay off with to increased spending, job creation and the departure of homeworkers. social assistance, according to a study.
Marcus Baram joins Documented through ProPublica’s local reporting network
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Documented team: Marcus Baram. Baram has held many jobs over his three decades in New York, including as an investigative reporter, gossip columnist, private investigator, teacher, waiter, bartender, nightclub DJ, and even ice cream truck driver. . His last stint was as an editor at Capital & Main, an award-winning nonprofit, where he led two special projects: one focused on income inequality in America and the other examining the influence of the oil and gas industry on California’s climate policy.
Baram has worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News and as an editor for the New York Observer, in addition to writing freelance for The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York magazine and Fortune magazine. His critically acclaimed 2014 biography of the late Gil Scott-Heron, “Pieces of a Man,” was named a notable book by The New Yorker.
His project with us will begin April 1 through a partnership with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which was launched in 2018 to boost investigative journalism in local newsrooms.
Here is the Spanish version of the documented guide to volunteer lawyers and free legal immigration services in New York
Immigration cases of all kinds can be financially taxing and detrimental to the well-being of the individuals and families involved. It’s estimated that fees to resolve an immigration case range from $370 to $12,000, while U.S. Customs and Immigration applications can cost hundreds of dollars more. That’s why we recently updated our list of pro bono attorneys and legal immigration services. Although it is not mandatory for a person undergoing immigration proceedings to have legal representation, it is strongly recommended. Find the guide in Spanish and English on Documented. Due to high demand, some of the organizations listed may or may not be taking new cases. We recommend calling ahead and asking for information.
New report examines impact of New York’s Excluded Worker Fund on communities
A new report from the Urban Institute and the Immigration Research Initiative examines the impact of New York’s Excluded Worker Fund which provided undocumented workers with financial assistance they would not otherwise have been entitled to during the pandemic . The report shows that the fund has helped recipients make ends meet, pay off rent and other bills, pay off debts incurred during the pandemic, and stabilize their housing. The fund improved local economies as people invested in local businesses and spent money in local stores. Workers’ and immigrants’ organizations continue to call for additional funding and a permanent strategy to move forward for excluded workers.