Dear all,

We are excited to share information about upcoming salary adjustments that we expect the city to fund.

In October 2021, the NYC City Council passed an ordinance that extends the Prevailing Wage to Safety Monitors at NYC-based shelters. In May 2022, the Department of Homeless Services announced that it would begin adjusting shelter budgets to reflect the Prevailing Wage for all Safety Monitor staff. This represents a notable increase, based on tenure with the organization, for all of our DHS-funded Safety Monitors. We have been in regular contact with DHS about the implementation of the Prevailing Wage adjustments and, while we haven’t received any funds to pass along as yet,  they assure us that funds for these increases are coming in the near future. We do not have specific information about timing or about retro payments, but we are working closely with our DHS partners and peer organizations to make sure this change happens and that our Safety staff are compensated appropriately. We will share more detailed information about amounts and timing as soon as we have it.

In addition, thanks in part to the efforts of the #JustPay movement, NYC adopted a 4% Cost-of-Living-Adjustment to be applied to all Human Services workers in the FY 2023 budget cycle (July 2022-June 2023). We are proud to have been an active part in making sure that our employees were represented and heard. The city has not shared any information about when or how we will see this COLA applied. Historically, COLA initiatives have taken months to be reflected in our budgets so we can pass them along to our employees. Please know that we will continue to work with our partners in the NYC government to get this increase rolled out to our population as quickly as possible.

We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work on getting these funds for you.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly.

Thanks!

 

Missy Flower she|her

Email: mflower@helpusa.org