Nonprofit leaders say that governments aren’t the only ones in need of additional infrastructure funding.
The leaders of human service providers all over New York are calling on Governor Cuomo and the legislature to include 100 million dollars for nonprofit infrastructure in the state budget.
Legislators in Albany have called this week “Nonprofit infrastructure Week” to draw attention to the needs of the nonprofit sector.
Southern Tier Independence Center Executive Director Maria Dibble says there’s often no money in a budget to address a leaky roof or electrical work. “While we have somewhat adequate funding, not usually. But we try and struggle to provide the services and the programs that we’re contracted to provide. There’s never enough money left over or any money left over to handle what comes up on a daily basis.”
Dibble says these nonprofits are providing critical services such as homeless shelters, after-school programs, supportive housing, job training, and mental health services.