The agreements we reached with the State and City are good news for the thousands of New Yorkers in need who depend on Met Council every day for vital services. Collectively, these agreements reflect the shared work undertaken by Met Council and various government agencies to address our governance processes and internal controls. Importantly, these agreements will allow Met Council to continue to receive funding for its programs through City and State contracts.
During the last several months, we have worked very closely with State and City agencies to reach these agreements, including the Office of the Attorney General, the Governor’s Office, the State Comptroller’s Office, the Mayor’s Office of Contract Service and the NYC Department of Investigation. We greatly appreciate their time and effort, and their recognition of the importance of Met Council’s work.
We have been working extremely hard to restore the credibility and integrity of the organization to ensure that Met Council is able to continue to serve the thousands of New Yorkers in need who depend upon us for a variety of essential human services. We are gratified that the agreements recognize that Met Council already has taken important steps to strengthen our organization and address the misconduct we discovered this summer.
At the same time, we know we must build on the progress we have made. We are fully committed to implementing additional measures and to make certain that our governance and operational structures are second to none so that the government agencies we work with, as well as our donors, program partners, employees and volunteers, can trust that we are meeting the highest standards of integrity.
Additionally, in the past five months, Met Council has distributed 925,000 pounds of kosher food and 299,095 monthly food packages to hungry and food insecure children, adults and seniors, including 300,000 pounds of kosher food ahead of Rosh Hashanah to ensure every family celebrated with joy and dignity; worked with 12,250 clients to gain relief for immediate problems and created long-term stability, specifically assisting 491 Hurricane Sandy survivors and 1,053 Holocaust survivors; granted $631,585 in emergency financial aid; repaired 199 homes with Project Metropair so frail seniors can remain safe in their own homes; restored 12 homes that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy; partnered with 300 volunteers; submitted 1,799 SNAP (formerly food stamps) applications; and enrolled a total of 4,633 new clients throughout all of our programs in every community in New York City.