Project Renewal launches campaign to help immigrant New Yorkers this holiday season

This holiday season, Project Renewal has launched a fundraising campaign to support immigrant New Yorkers through our health care, housing, and employment programs.

The metaphor of the New York City melting pot resonates for a reason—immigrants are a vital part of our city’s culture and economy, making up nearly 40% of the population. Yet due to factors like language barriers, stigma, and fear of accessing services, foreign-born New Yorkers are vulnerable to health, housing, and employment challenges. Harmful policies and toxic rhetoric are only compounding these issues.


This year, two-thirds of health care providers reported a reluctance among immigrant patients to seek medical care due to fear of deportation and stigma. Immigrants with mental health concerns are also far less likely to get treatment than people born in the U.S.

Housing can also be an issue for immigrants. Foreign-born New Yorkers are three times more likely to live in overcrowded conditions than native-born New Yorkers. Crowded conditions correlate with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and respiratory problems.

And despite driving key areas of the New York City economy, nearly one third of immigrant workers earn less than $25,000 a year.

Project Renewal provides hope to immigrants through all of our innovative programs. We will be sharing a few of their inspiring stories throughout the campaign, and your support will ensure we can continue delivering life-changing services to vulnerable New Yorkers like them.

Our generous Board of Trustees is matching the first $25,000 raised between now and #GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018.

Celebrate our city’s diversity and inclusivity by supporting immigrant New Yorkers.

Learn more and donate to the campaign here.