Cities for Citizenship Celebrates 5 Years!
Over the past five years, Cities for Citizenship (C4C) has made tremendous strides in building a network of U.S. mayors promoting and expanding citizenship. Read more about this progress below.
Cities for Citizenship: 2014
Cities for Citizenship (C4C) officially launches in September of 2014 together with the founding cities of New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles; the national organizations of National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and Center for Popular Democracy (CPD); and, the founding corporate partner, Citi Community Development.
Cities for Citizenship establishes itself as a major national initiative aimed at increasing citizenship among eligible lawful permanent residents and encouraging cities across the country to invest in citizenship programs.
The first C4C report, Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities, is released.
CITIES FOR CITIZENSHIP: 2015
Cities for Citizenship (C4C) quickly grows to a network of 21 cities and counties!
Cities and counties lead efforts to stand up “citizenship corners” in local libraries, host oath ceremonies, provide financial empowerment services, create “Offices of New Americans” and/or “Offices of Immigrant Affairs”, and partner with community-based organizations to provide support at local citizenship workshops.
The Urban Institute together with the Citi Community Development and the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs releases the report, The Economic Impact of Naturalization on Immigrants and Cities.
CITIES FOR CITIZENSHIP: 2016
Cities for Citizenship (C4C) expands to a network of 27 cities and counties, and hosts the 1st Annual Cities for Citizenship Municipal Gathering in Nashville, Tennessee with over 75 participants from over 40 cities and counties, prior to NPNA’s National Immigrant Integration Conference.
C4C releases the 2016 C4C Impact Report which highlights the C4C member survey conducted to assess impact, discovering that over 14,000 individuals pursued citizenship and/or initiated the citizenship process; 10,500+ received legal assistance or referrals; 8,500+ individuals attended financial empowerment classes; 1,400+ individuals participated in one-on-one financial coaching sessions; and 19,500+ individuals received information on the fee waiver, financial counseling, and/or citizenship micro-loan assistance through the C4C network. Over 970,000 people applied for citizenship in 2016 which represented a 24 percent increase in citizenship applications compared to the previous year.
C4C releases the C4C Toolkit: 10 Strategies to Launch & Strengthen Citizenship Initiatives to share members’ best practices and to support the network in launching new citizenship efforts.
Bob Annibale, the Global Director of Community Development and Inclusive Finance, and Nisha Argarwal, former NYC Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, co-author the op-ed, Why Cities Should Invest in Citizenship: Helping Immigrants Achieve Citizenship Yields Major Returns - and It’s the Right Thing to Do.
CIties for citizenship: 2017
Cities for Citizenship (C4C) continues to expand, reaching 41 cities and counties by the end of the year!
C4C hosts the 2nd Annual Cities for Citizenship Municipal Gathering in Phoenix, Arizona with nearly 100 participants from over 50 cities and counties.
C4C releases the report, the Naturalization Policy & Program Menu 2017-2018, sharing citizenship strategies and practices from across the network. Also, C4C is featured in the article, The Heartland Wants New Americans; and in the op-ed, Why U.S. Cities Are Fighting to Attract Immigrants.
cities for citizenship: 2018
Cities for Citizenship (C4C) has a dynamic year, nearly doubling in size, expanding to 74 cities and counties, and hosts the 3rd Annual C4C Annual Municipal Gathering in Arlington, Virginia.
C4C launches the C4C America is Home Initiative, a four-year, $5 million challenge grant program to help municipalities and community partners encourage U.S. citizenship among eligible immigrants and increase naturalization application rates. The first C4C America is Home cohort consists of 14 organizations working across 16 cities and counties. Learn more about the C4C America is Home Program here.
C4C releases the report, America is Home: How Individuals, Families, Cities & Counties Benefit by Investing In Citizenship.
cities for Citizenship: 2019
Cities for Citizenship (C4C) celebrates its 5th year anniversary, and grows to a network of 86 cities and counties!
Throughout September, C4C celebrates 5 years with over 30 local citizenship events across the country and elevating the impact of the C4C over five years.
Since 2014, C4C network has reached 1,788,778 people who attended citizenship-related programming; 48,283 people who initiated the citizenship process / applied for citizenship; 42,463 people who received financial information (waiver, counseling, micro-loan assistance); and 30,079 assisted with financial empowerment services. In 2019, C4C will host the 4th Annual C4C Municipal Gathering in Detroit, Michigan. C4C looks ahead to 2020 with a goal of expanding to 100 cities and counties!