Chalkbeat New York NYC nonprofits fear massive budget cuts to summer youth jobs program, serving 75K young people by Amy Zimemr
But the city faces a potential $6 billion blow to its revenue this year as the coronavirus has forced businesses to close. The mayor has asked city agencies to find more than $1 billion in savings, and said this week he’ll have to make “tough, tough budget decisions” as the city works to finalize its own budget by June.
Freddi Goldstein, a spokesperson for the mayor, said there was “nothing to confirm right now” on potential cuts. A spokesperson with the Department of Youth and Community Development did not respond to requests for comment. But individuals who help run or support summer youth employment programs have heard big cuts are on the table.
“Providers have every reason to be worried,” said Manhattan City Councilmember Ben Kallos, who proposed a universal summer program for the city in February.
The preliminary summer youth budget tends to be cut every year before the budget “dance” of restoring funding. But trying to restore summer funding this year will be more challenging than usual, Kallos said.
The need for these programs will be just as great, or perhaps greater, as it’s possible the city will continue to ask families to practice social distancing throughout the summer.
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