Faith in New York was founded in 2013 out of the work of Queens Congregations United for Action (founded in 2004). Our members came together in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to advocate for citywide policies that would rebuild Sandy-affected areas for residents who were most directly impacted – particular low-income New Yorkers and people of color. In order to move citywide policy on the issues that affect us – not only Hurricane Sandy but interlinked issues like affordable housing and gentrification, good jobs and a just economy, mass incarceration and police brutality, immigration reform, and voting rights, our members realized we needed to be a citywide force of people of faith for equity and justice.
In March 2013, QCUA’s core clergy leadership voted to transition into a citywide structure that communicates a bold, prophetic vision for change across New York City (including but not limited to Queens) and allow the organization to grow relationships in the other 4 boroughs. Clergy adopted the name “Faith in New York” for this new organization. Faith in New York’s mission is to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations to move significant public policy change that supports our leaders’ vision of a more just New York with excellent public schools, violence-free neighborhoods, access to good jobs, adequate and affordable health care, decent housing for all, and a place where people of all backgrounds can fully participate in economic and civic life. Faith in New York operates in low income, working class communities that are 70% immigrant and over 85% people of color.