New York Unemployment Project is a membership-based organization
of unemployed New Yorkers committed to organizing and fighting
for family sustaining jobs and income support across the
New York City metropolitan area. NYUP is the only organization
in New York engaged in direct education and organizing of
NYUP is committed to building leadership among diverse groups
of unemployed New Yorkers to build a new constituency for expanded,
extended and accessible inome support for jobless workers.
Our local organizing committees cross racial, class, and gender
barriers to build power among unemployed workers—power
to demand accountability from their elected leaders and power
to reform the policies and laws that affect their lives.
NYUP members work in their communities and across the New
York Metropolitan Area to inform other unemployed workers of
their rights, and strive to organize their neighbors to take
an active role in fighting for economic justice.
NYUP was founded in 2001 as an initiative of the National
Employment Law Project in response to the growing crisis
in New York’s
unemployment insurance (UI) safety net to directly engage
unemployed New Yorkers in civic participation and community
education around issues concerning joblessness, unemployment
insurance, job training and job creation.
New York Unemployment Project has evolved into a membership
based organization of unemployed and low-income New Yorkers
throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester County
working to promote policies that support the creation of family
sustaining jobs and adequate income support for the unemployed.
In addition to engaging unemployed New Yorkers in civic participation
and advocacy, NYUP spends a significant amount of its resources
- helping unemployed New Yorkers take advantage of their
right to unemployment insurance benefits through Know Your
Trainings and individual case management;
- connecting individuals denied unemployment insurance benefits
to legal advocacy that will impact the administration of
unemployment insurance; and
- enforcing the right of New Yorkers whose earnings were
adversely impacted by the September 11th attacks and the
to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Mortgage & Rental
Assistance Program and Individual & Family Grant program.