Every year, the Network engages in a host of budget, policy, advocacy, research, training and green-housing activities. Below, you'll find a list of our most recent accomplishments.
Led Major Medicaid Reform Advances
As a member of the Governor’s commission on Medicaid Redesign Affordable Housing Workgroup, the Network successfully advocated for:
- An 11% increase -- from $75 million to $86 million -- for the MRT Supportive Housing Development Program in the FY13-14 State budget. The Program was introduced last year in part as a result of Network advocacy and is the largest infusion of funding for supportive housing since NY/NY III. The Network also led a committee of 30 stakeholders to recommend a funding plan for this year’s allocation to the NYS Department of Health.
- Funding for seven pilot programs to test interventions that improve health outcomes and lower costs of care for high-cost Medicaid recipients, including one linking supportive housing to Health Homes.
- The inclusion of housing into the Department of Health application for a Medicaid Waiver. If accepted, the waiver could yield $750 million over five years in investments to supportive housing for high-cost Medicaid recipients.
With Members, Fought for Services Funding... And Won
- Helped restore full NYS Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP) funding at OTDA.
- Successfully fought for full service funding for NY/NY III housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Led Efforts to Improve and Expand Access to Supportive Housing for At-Risk Youth
- As part of the NYC Continuum of Care, co-organized the City’s first official youth homeless count.
- Convened a monthly working group of government and providers housing youth aging out of foster care to distill and share best practices, connect providers to employment and education resources and recommend policies to better tailor the model for this population.
- Collected and analyzed baseline housing, health, education, employment and income data on the first 400-plus tenants of NY/NY III supportive housing for youth aging out of foster care.
Brought the Supportive Housing Community Together in Record Numbers
- Convened the largest supportive housing conference in the country: In 2015, the Network broke all previous attendance records by drawing 1,600 registrants for a day that included 30 workshops, major announcements from government officials and a keynote address from StoryCorps' Founder Dave Isay.
- Held roundtables to share experience/expertise on hot topics such as scattered site housing and workshops on health and community based services.
- Launched a new working group specifically for program directors to share best practices.
Brought the Supportive Housing Community Together TO OTHERS in Record Numbers
Over the past year, the Network led its members in:
- Over 50 state legislative visits advocating for full funding for supportive housing.
- More than two dozen congressional lobby visits in Washington DC.
- Member meetings with more than half of the New York City Council.
Co-Led NYC Continuum of Care
The Network continues to help lead the New York City Continuum of Care (CoC), the coalition of government representatives, advocates, providers, consumers and other stakeholders that oversee $107 million in federal homeless assistance funding. In this role, the Network provided technical assistance to dozens of CoC grantees, helping to improve performance and ensure compliance with existing and new regulations and spearheaded the implementation of the City’s first-ever CoC strategic plan.
Provided Trainings Across the State
- In partnership with the Center for Urban Community Services, held numerous stand-alone workshops across New York State on operations, service delivery and quality control.
- Helped connect providers to resources and coordinate government assistance after Hurricane Sandy.
- Launched an energy conservation education program for tenants and staff across seven buildings.
- Continually improved our website, featuring news updates, research and our comprehensive up-to-date Funding Guide with information on all the programs that fund supportive housing in New York.