Caring for New Yorkers

A Garcia administration will be committed to supporting and caring for all New Yorkers -- and making NYC more liveable for New Yorkers at every age

Our families deserve better. For far too long, individuals and families have been left to come up with their own solutions — and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the system broke entirely.

Our caregivers deserve better. The lack of dedicated attention to caregiving by the city’s leadership means families are juggling unpredictable, temporary solutions and caregiving workers, primarily women of color, are not treated fairly. Women bear the brunt of these challenges.

Our children deserve better. New York City’s foster care system disproportionately impacts Black and brown and low-income families, deepens the cycle of poverty, and punishes families for being poor. Each year in New York City, hundreds of children “age out” of the foster care system after turning 21 without a permanent home and adoptive family. When a system produces racist and economically discriminatory outcomes, that system must be re-designed to serve all New Yorkers with justice and dignity.

Our older adults deserve better. 1/3 of older adults in New York City live alone, and even before the pandemic, older adults faced endless waitlists for meal delivery, case management and homecare services. 13% of New Yorkers are older adults, but 39% of NYC pedestrian traffic fatalities are older adults.

New Yorkers with disabilities deserve better. People with disabilities are the largest minority and also the poorest minority. Too many people with disabilities are ready, willing, and able to work, but face discrimination and barriers to entry. This ends now.

caring for new yorkers

As an adoptee and a working mom, Kathryn Garcia knows our caregiving system needs to be rebuilt. Kathryn is committed to building a city where families have the reassurance of knowing their most vulnerable members – children, elderly, and the differently-abled – are getting what they need to prosper.

HIGHLIGHTS

Solve the childcare crisis

Expand and strengthen protections for caregiving workers

Expand and strengthen protections for caregiving workers

Prioritize permanent placements and guarantee housing for every foster child through the age of 25 -- because family is forever

Address the structural issues that result in family separation -- because poverty does not equal neglect

Break down barriers to employment, housing, transportation, and education for people with disabilities

Counter the harmful effects of isolation with a new approach to care for older adults

Protect and build healthy homes for older adults

Make streets, sidewalks, public spaces and transit safe, enjoyable and accessible for older adults

Maintain NYC as a beacon of hope for LGBTQ+ youth and make sure LGBTQ+ older adults can age in place by providing culturally competent supportive services

Media Coverage

CITY LIMITS

Garcia released her policy for addressing the needs of older adults, in which she promised to close the digital divide, invest in fitness programs for older people, intensify outreach for the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption and close the digital divide.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

NYC mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia gets personal, vows to fight ‘systemic racism’ in the foster-care system.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

When I think about my adoption and my family, one thing is clear. Everybody needs a forever family to support them. Family is forever. We need more families like mine.

POLITICS NY

Garcia said that a race-blind process would limit the harmful effects of implicit bias against Black and Brown families. As mayor she is going to call for reforms and repairs to the foster care system to fight against these harmful perceptions, and also create and financially support more ”forever homes” for young adults who age out of homes they were placed in. She wants to raise the age limit for aging out from 21 to 25.