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HHAP Awards Go to Three Network Members


On February 1, 2017, the Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation awarded funding from the State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Homeless Housing Assistance Program for three supportive housing projects being developed by Network members. Together these projects will provide 142 new units of supportive housing.

Project Renewal was awarded $6.2 million to create 71 units of supportive housing in a new residence in Bedford Park, Bronx.  This project will be one of the final projects to be built under the expiring NY/NY 3 agreement.

New Destiny was awarded $5 million to build 23 units of supportive housing for homeless women and families in Crotona Park, Bronx.

West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) was awarded  $3.1 million to help build Mill Brook Terrace in Mott Haven, Bronx. The new residence will provide supportive housing for 48 homeless seniors.  

In addition, both New Destiny and WSFSSH were awarded conditional awards last September for services and operating funds for these new residences in the first round of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, and should be approved as permanent funding as the projects open.

Congratulations to all!

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NYS Receives $196 Million in HUD Continuum of Care Awards


On December 20, 2016, HUD announced the 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) awards, both renewals and new awards. This returns the program to a regular grant cycle that allows projects that need to be renewed annually to have confidence that they will be funded before the calendar turns.  

New York State was awarded a total of $196 million, more than 10% of the national total of $1.95 billion, for 421 projects in 26 Continuua of Care. The overall dollar value of New York State awards is 7% below last year’s total of $209 million.  The primary reason for this net loss is related to a larger amount of new bonus projects being funded: the past two rounds were multiple year awards, which are not yet up for renewal. 

74 new programs were funded in NYS, including 20 new supportive housing projects.  Other awards went to: rapid rehousing projects (a program to reduce shelter stays by providing short-term assistance to regain permanent housing); coordinated entry (to design and build intake and admissions processes for the Continuum);  and planning (for operations of the Continuum).

All of the currently funded programs, including permanent supportive housing that makes up most of them,  will be renewed based on performance rankings established by HUD and implemented by the CoC.   

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Network Hosts a Panel with State Government Partners


Laura Mascuch, Marian Zucker, Moira Tashjian, Rick Umholtz, Bret Garwood at the Network panel discussion.

On Tuesday, January 24th the Network hosted a panel discussion with our state government partners about the new ways New York State is implementing its supportive housing program through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and coordinating capital programs: NYS Homes & Community Renewal's Supportive Housing Opportunity Program (SHOP) and the Office of Temporary Disability & Assistance Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP). The event was held at JP Morgan Chase Bank in NYC and had over 100 Network members attend.

Panelists included: Bret Garwood, Senior Vice President, Multifamily, NYS Homes & Community Renewal; Moira Tashjian, Associate Commissioner, NYS Office of Mental Health, and Chair of the ESSHI Interagency Workgroup; Rick Umholtz, Director for the Bureau of Housing and Support Services, NYS Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance and Marian Zucker, President, Finance & Development, NYS Homes & Community Renewal.  The Network’s Executive Director, Laura Mascuch, moderated.

Panelists covered details about ESSHI, SHOP and HHAP including how these programs all intersect with one another, how to decide what capital resources to apply for, ESSHI timeframes, etc.  Panelists also discussed what's next for 2017 and answered questions about how to best access and use this new program.

In 2016, Governor Cuomo announced a commitment to fund 20,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years.  As part of this commitment, NYS is rolling out the development of 1,200 units a year across the state.  To do this, they created a brand new services and operating program called the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) intended to be coordinated with various state and local capital resources. The Network is working with our members, government partners and stakeholders in the private sector to help build capacity in the supportive housing community to ensure we can meet the state's goal to develop and fund 1,200 units a year over the next 5 years and a total of 20,000 units over the next 15.

Special thank you to JPMorgan Chase Bank for graciously hosting and sponsoring the event.

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First Analysis of Governor’s SFY 2017-18 Budget


Governor Cuomo released his SFY 2018 executive budget on January 17th which starts the clock ticking for budget season in Albany! Here is our first analysis of the SFY 2017-2018 budget areas important to the supportive housing community.


The executive budget includes a re-appropriation  of last year’s $1.97 billion five year housing and homelessness plan with funding for 6,000 units of supportive housing and 50,000 units of affordable housing over five years. We will be entering year two of this commitment on April 1st. The language adds an additional $526 million bringing the total five year budget to $2.5 billion.  It also removes the requirement included in last year’s budget that the executive and legislative leaders negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to spend the money. The programs listed in the budget as part of this $2.5 billion appropriation include:

  • Supportive Housing. $950 million for the construction of 6,000 supportive housing units throughout the State;
  • New Construction. $601 million for new construction or adaptive reuse of rental housing affordable to households that earn up to 60 percent of area median income (AMI);
  • Senior Housing. $125 million for developing or rehabilitating affordable housing targeted to low-income seniors, aged 55 and above;
  • Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund (CIF). $45 million for mixed-use affordable housing developments that may include retail, commercial or community development components;
  • Middle Income Housing. $150 million for new construction, adaptive reuse, or reconstruction of rental housing affordable to households that earn up to 130 percent of AMI;
  • Affordable Housing Preservation. $177 million for substantial or moderate rehabilitation of affordable multi-family rental housing currently under a regulatory agreement;
  • Mitchell-Lama Rehabilitation. $100 million to preserve and improve Mitchell-Lama properties throughout the State;
  • Public Housing. $125 million for substantial or moderate rehabilitation and/or the demolition and replacement through new construction of public housing authority developments outside of New York City;
  • Small Building Construction. $62.5 million for rehabilitation and/or the demolition and replacement through new construction of buildings of 5 to 40 units;
  • Home Ownership. $41.5 million for promoting home ownership among families of low and moderate income and stimulating the development, stabilization, and preservation of New York communities;
  • Mobile and Manufactured Homes. $13 million for mobile and manufactured home programs;
  • Main Street Programs. $10 million for stimulating reinvestment in properties located within mixed-use commercial districts located in urban, small town, and rural areas of the state;
  • New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). $100 million for projects and improvements at housing developments owned or operated by NYCHA.

In addition to the capital funding, $124.5 million for service and operating expenses for the first 6,000 units over the next five years was also re-appropriated from last year’s budget. This includes $74.5 million from JPMorgan settlement funds and an additional $50 million from last year’s budget.  There is no new funding committed for services and operating in this year’s budget.

As a reminder:  at the end of the 2017 session in June, the Governor and legislative leaders only signed off on a $150 million MOU for 1,200 units of supportive housing (the first year of the 15 year, 20,000 unit commitment).  The rest of the $1.82 billion is still subject to a still-to-be negotiated MOU.  Even though the Governor’s new budget removes the MOU language, there is nothing preventing this MOU from being signed now or any time before a new budget is enacted on April 1st.


  • Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) - $64 million - $500,000 INCREASE
    The executive budget funds the HHAP capital development program at $64 million which is a $500,000 INCREASE from last year. A new provision added to this year’s budget allows up to $1 million of HHAP funding to be used for emergency shelter repairs in local social services districts with a population of less than five million. Also, while not part of this appropriation line, it should be noted that HHAP did not receive any additional MRT funding.  Until last year, $10 million in MRT capital had been added to HHAP in each of the previous 3 years.
  • Homeless Housing Prevention Services Program  - $35.38 million - $600,000 INCREASE
    The executive budget increased the Homeless Housing Prevention Services (HHPS) Program by $600,000 from last year’s final budget.  HHPS funds the New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP), the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) and the Operational Support for AIDS Housing (OSAH) Program. 


  • Housing Trust Fund - $65.2 million  - $11 million INCREASE
    The executive budget proposes INCREASING the Housing Trust Fund by $11 million, up from $54.2 million last year.  These funds can be used for capital construction of both supportive and affordable housing.


  • MRT Supportive Housing Fund - $63 million - $20 million DECREASE
    The MRT Supportive Housing Fund has been cut by $20 million this year. This cut will not impact any existing programs. It will impact programs outlined in the allocation plan that have not yet begun and will put a moratorium on programs that were not fully implemented.  It’s important to note that no existing programs will be impacted by this and therefore no housing units currently funded with MRT will be lost or cut.  We will follow up as more information becomes available.


  • Provides $10 million to enhance support for existing residential programs. The budget increases funds for supported housing and single residence occupancy programs. This investment will help preserve access and maintain existing housing capacity as the State brings new housing units on line through the Empire State Supported Housing Initiative. It is anticipated that the State will follow past practices for rate increases based on greatest need. We will update our members as more information becomes available.
  • Invests $11 million in community reinvestment dollars based on the elimination of State psychiatric beds that have been unused for over 90 days.
  • Supports 280 additional community beds. OMH will develop 280 community-based, scattered site supported housing units in the same geographic area by reconfiguring 140 State-operated residential beds.

Minimum Wage Increases for Direct Care Workers

The executive budget invests $17 million to support the direct cost of FY 2018 minimum wage increases for direct care, direct support, and other workers at nonprofits that provide services on behalf of OPWDD, OMH, and OASAS.

Delays Cost of Living Increases for Staff

The budget defers the COLA increase for 2017 until 2018.

The budget now must be passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor no later than March 31st.  In the next few weeks, the Senate and the Assembly will hold budget hearings and negotiate with the Governor.

The Network’s advocacy in the upcoming weeks will focus on the proposed initiatives outlined above. We are currently planning a March 1st Advocacy Day. We encourage all Network members to participate.  Please email Steve Piasecki to register. 

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December HHAP awards announced


Governor Cuomo and the Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance announced  $14 million in Homeless Housing Assistance Program awards for six programs, including three new supportive housing projects.  Awards were made through the state’s Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) to create a total of 110 supportive housing units.  Of those 110 units, 62 units have service and operating funding from the first round of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI).

The three projects that received awards are:

Breaking Ground/Comunilife Bronxchester (The Bronx) $5,900,000 for 97 units.

Interfaith Partnership on Homelessness (Albany County) $2,621,867 for 5 units.

The Municipal Housing Authority of Utica (Oneida County) $770,000 for 8 units.

The remainder of the funding went to three shelter projects, including Network member Catholic Family Center of Rochester. 

Please see OTDA’s website for more information.

In related news, HHAP has suspended taking new applications until after the 2017 budget is passed.  They are oversubscribed.  The remaining $24 million (for the fiscal year ending  March 31, 2017) will likely be exhausted by current applications.

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20,000 Letters Campaign Launched to Urge Leaders to SIGN THE MOU


On November 21, the Network, as part of the Campaign for NY/NY Housing, launched a new advocacy initiative to send 20,000 messages to our legislators in Albany – one for every supportive housing unit promised – to urge the Governor and Legislature to SIGN THE MOU TODAY and fulfill the supportive housing promise made last year!  

If you haven’t done so already, click here to tell our legislative leaders to SIGN THE MOU!

Last year we fought for a historic commitment from the State to fund 20,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years.  As you know, last year’s budget included $2 billion to fund, among other things, the first installment on that commitment -- 6,000 units of supportive housing over the next 5 years.  However, the State has only released funding for the first 1,200 units.  In order to release the remaining funding, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is required to be signed by the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

The good news is our supportive housing campaign, THANKS IN LARGE PART TO YOU, was the only program that had funding released last year!!!  So, thank you!!!  With that in mind, we ask for you to again click the link to show the Governor and Legislature that we remain vigilant as ever in our quest to release the remaining funds for the 4,800 initial units of supportive housing both the Governor and Legislature agreed to fund.  Please participate and encourage others to do so as well.

Our battle is not over.  Every email counts. 

The initiative was covered by:

Capital Tonight, "Housing Experts Discuss Housing MOU."

The New York Daily News, “Homeless advocates call on Gov. Cuomo to get 6,000 new supportive housing units up and running.”

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$21.6 Million Awarded for Eight New Supportive Housing Projects


Governor Cuomo announced nearly $21.6 million in awards for eight supportive housing projects across New York State.  Awards were made through the state’s Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing Assistance Program (HHAP) to create a total of 265 supportive housing units.

Awardees include the following, of which seven are Network members:

  • Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center (Erie County) $3,112,670
  • Utica Center for Development (Oneida County) $3,174,100
  • Concern for Independent Living, Inc. (Suffolk County) $1,308,842
  • Association for Mental Health and Wellness, Inc. (Suffolk County) $1,988,716
  • Rescue Mission of Utica, Inc. (Oneida County) $1,711,839
  • United Veterans Beacon House, Inc. (Suffolk County) $1,547,164
  • Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, Inc. (Kings County, NYC) $2,993,268
  • Concern for Independent Living, Inc. (Nassau County) $5,750,000

Governor Cuomo said "With the creation of these supportive housing units, we are helping ensure that some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers have a safe, decent and affordable place to live and are given access to the support and services that they need."

Congratulations to all of the awardees.  $40.6 million in HHAP remains available.  Please see OTDA’s website for more information.

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First Awards Announced for Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative


Last week, Governor Cuomo made the very first awards for the state’s new supportive housing services and operating program – Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI).  Awards went to 84 not-for-profit agencies, totaling over 100 separate projects.  Almost 80% of the awards went to Network members.

These awards will provide the service and operating funding for 1,200 units of supportive housing, the state’s first year goal of the Governor’s 15 year commitment to develop 20,000 new supportive housing units across New York State.

Awardees will now be able to take these ESSHI conditional awards to secure capital funding for projects.

As more details become available, the Network will circulate information. Congratulations to all organizations that received awards.  

Here is the Governor's Announcement:


For Immediate Release: 9/13/2016


State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


Governor’s Sweeping $2.6 Billion, 5-Year Plan to Develop 6,000 Units of Supportive Housing Moves Forward; 84 Community Providers in 40 Counties Notified of Award

Statewide Awards Advance Governor’s Unprecedented $10.45 Billion Homelessness Action Plan

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first conditional awards that will support the development of 1,200 units of supportive housing for vulnerable New Yorkers who are at risk of homelessness.

The awards, made following a Request for Proposals issued in June, will support the ongoing service and operating expenses of supportive housing projects. This funding will be made available to supportive housing providers under five-year contracts which are renewable at the end of their term. New York State Homes and Community Renewal and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will work with supportive housing providers who have received these conditional contract awards to secure the capital funding needed to complete supportive housing projects. These awards represent a major step forward in the Governor’s unprecedented $2.6 billion, five-year plan to construct 6,000 new supportive housing units across New York State.

“The state is taking aggressive action to end chronic homelessness and help move thousands of New Yorkers into permanent housing,” Governor Cuomo said. “These awards will not only help ensure New York’s families and children have a safe, comfortable place to call home, but provide them with the resources they need to change their lives. With the development of these vital units, we are swiftly moving forward on the state’s transformational blueprint to tackle this crisis and bringing hope and opportunity to our most vulnerable New Yorkers.”

James S. Rubin, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, said, “Time is always of the essence when addressing the unique issues and needs faced by homeless individuals and families. The State of New York, thanks to Governor Cuomo, is leading the way nationally and setting the pace with regard to our commitment to serving the neediest among us. We know that as important as it is to have a roof over head, so are the services and care we can deliver. The 84 awards we are announcing today will help provide the quality and quantity of care that allows people to live independently, regain confidence in themselves, manage their health and safety, and gain the skills they need to once again live productive and rewarding lives. The HCR team looks forward to working with all our partners to quickly move these initiatives from the drawing board to reality.”

Fran Barrett, Interagency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services, said, “Under Governor Cuomo, New York continues to lead the way forward in ensuring our most vulnerable populations have a safe, affordable place to live. By investing in the development these new supportive housing units, this funding will advance the state’s comprehensive homelessness action plan and help build stronger communities and a brighter future for all New Yorkers.”

Under the Governor’s plan, the conditional awards cover more than the 1,200 units of supportive housing expected to be developed this year. HCR and OTDA will select projects that meet the greatest need for supportive housing. A total of 84 community-based providers have received these conditional awards for a total of 121 projects. The awards include 79 projects throughout upstate New York and 42 projects in New York City. It is expected that approximately 80 percent of the units in the supportive housing projects that become fully funded will be located across the five boroughs – consistent with the distribution of the homeless population in New York State.

Selection Criteria
Following the release of a Request for Proposals in June, applicants were tasked with demonstrating how their proposals will specifically address a gap in homeless housing services, using federal, state, and local data to identify need. Applications were graded using a consistent metric, which examined the impact of their proposal upon homelessness, the cost effectiveness of their proposal, and the readiness of the provider to complete the project.

The awards are conditional upon the provider receiving full capital funding, which they may seek from various entities including Homes and Community Renewal and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless and Housing Assistance Program. The service and operating funds announced today will be contractually released to the awarded providers when the capital project is built and ready to open.

State Funding
As part of the Governor’s comprehensive statewide effort to end homelessness, the
awards are being financially supported by multiple funding streams, including the first $150 million of a $2 billion memorandum of understanding signed by Governor Cuomo in June, $63 million from the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and other capital resources, $230 million of federal tax credit equity, and $94 million in service and operating contracts over the next five years.

Permanent Supportive Housing
The 1,200 new and permanent supportive housing units will serve vulnerable populations with special needs, and will include a variety of services tailored to their needs, such as employment training, counseling and crisis intervention, educational assistance, legal services, independent living skills training, benefits advocacy and assistance in obtaining and maintaining primary and mental healthcare.

Targeted homeless demographics include veterans, victims of domestic violence, frail or disabled senior citizens, young adults with histories of incarceration, homelessness or foster care, chronically homeless individuals and families, as well as individuals with health, mental health and/or substance use disorders.

State-wide Interagency Council on Homelessness
In December 2015, Governor Cuomo formed the Interagency Council on Homelessness, co-chaired by Fran Barrett, the Governor’s Interagency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services, and HCR Commissioner James S. Rubin.

The Interagency Council is charged with taking a comprehensive look at the problem of homelessness statewide, and working alongside providers and local governments to identify problems, pursue solutions and establish a creative and flexible set of best practices, including ensuring a statewide continuum of care and conducting a thorough review of policies and procedures that can eliminate barriers to service.

The Interagency Council will provide an opportunity to continue that important dialogue with plans to issue its first report in December 2016.

The Council members include:

Dr. Rosa Gil, President and CEO of Comunilife
Tony Hannigan, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Services
Deborah Damm O'Brien, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Housing of Albany
Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Senior Advisor to the President of Hunter College, Chair of the Board of Directors of NYC Health + Hospitals
John Paul Perez, Partner Relations Associate, Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS)
Reverend Dr. Maria Scates, CEO of Utica’s Johnson Park Center
Melissa Spicer, Executive Director, Clear Path for Veterans
Christine Quinn, President and CEO of WIN
Bobby Watts, Executive Director of Care for the Homeless
Dale Zuchlewski, Executive Director, Homeless Alliance of Western New York

The Governor’s Homelessness Action Plan is a comprehensive initiative involving multiple state agencies. In addition to the $2.6 billion for 6,000 new supportive housing units, the unprecedented initiative commits $7.8 billion to sustain existing supportive housing units, shelter beds, and other homeless services throughout New York State.

The following providers received awards:

Capital Region
The Albany Damien Center - Albany County
Albany Housing Coalition - Albany County
Catholic Charities Housing Office - Albany County
Equinox, Inc. - Albany County
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless - Albany County
Rehabilitation Support Services - Albany County
Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties - Greene County
The Community Builders - Rensselaer County
St. Paul’s Center - Rensselaer County
Unity House, Inc. - Rensselaer County
SCAP, Inc. - Saratoga County
CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services - Saratoga County
Mohawk Opportunities - Schenectady County
SCAP, Inc. - Schenectady County

Central New York Region
Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse - Cayuga County
Catholic Charities of Onondaga County - Onondaga County
Center for Community Alternatives - Onondaga County
Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse - Onondaga County
The Salvation Army - Onondaga County
St. Camillus Health Care Facility - Onondaga County
YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County - Onondaga County
Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. - Oswego County

Finger Lakes Region
DePaul Community Services, Inc. - Genesee County
DePaul Community Services, Inc. - Livingston County
Alternatives for Battered Women - Monroe County
East House - Monroe County
Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach - Monroe County
Volunteers of America of Western New York - Monroe County
Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy - Ontario County
FLACRA - Ontario County
DePaul Community Services, Inc. - Orleans County
FLACRA - Seneca County
FLACRA - Wayne County
DePaul Community Services, Inc. - Wyoming County

Long Island
Federation of Organizations - Nassau County
Options for Community Living, Inc. - Nassau/Suffolk County
Association for Mental Health and Wellness - Suffolk County
Federation of Organizations - Suffolk County
New Ground, Inc. - Suffolk County
Transitional Services of NY- Long Island - Suffolk County
United Veterans Beacon House - Suffolk County

Hudson River Housing - Dutchess County
Access Supports for Living, Inc. - Orange County
Search for Change, Inc. - Putnam County
RUPCO - Ulster County
Community Housing Innovations - Westchester County

Mohawk Valley
DePaul Community Services, Inc. - Oneida County
JCTOD Outreach, Inc. - Oneida County
Municipal Housing Authority of Utica - Oneida County
Oneida Healthcare - Oneida County
Rescue Mission of Utica - Oneida County
Utica Center for Development - Oneida County
Catholic Charities Housing Office - Otsego County
Catholic Charities Housing Office - Schoharie County

New York City
ACMH, Inc. - Bronx County
The Bridge, Inc. - Bronx County
Bronxworks - Bronx County
CAMBA, Inc. - Bronx County
Comunilife, Inc. - Bronx County
Community Access, Inc. - Bronx County
Federation of Organizations - Bronx County
Hebrew Home for the Aged - Bronx County
New Destiny Housing Corporation - Bronx County
Project Renewal, Inc. - Bronx County
Samaritan Village - Bronx County
Services for the Underserved, Inc. - Bronx County
Unique People Services, Inc. - Bronx County
Urban Pathways - Bronx County
Women in Need - Bronx County
WSFSSH - Bronx County
Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service - Kings County
CAMBA, Inc. - Kings County
Concern for Independent Living - Kings County
Housing Works -Kings County
PSCH, Inc. - Kings County
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Inc. - Kings County
AIDS Service Center of Lower Manhattan, Inc. - New York County
Barrier Free Living, Inc. - New York County
Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. - New York County
West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing - New York County
CAMBA, Inc. - Queens County
Hour Children, Inc. - Queens County
PSCH, Inc. - Queens County
Project Hospitality -Richmond County
Bowery Residents Committee, Inc. - No County Specified
CAMBA, Inc. - No County Specified
Lantern Community Services, Inc. -No County Specified
Services for the Underserved, Inc. - No County Specified

North Country
Behavioral Health Services North, Inc. - Clinton County
ETC Housing Corporation -Clinton County
Citizen Advocates, Inc. - Franklin County
St. Joseph’s Addition Treatment and Recovery Centers - Franklin County
North Country Transitional Living Services, Inc. - Lewis County

Southern Tier
Opportunities for Broome - Broome County
YWCA Binghamton & Broome - Broome County
Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung County - Chemung County
SCAP, Inc. - Steuben County
Tompkins Community Action, Inc. - Tompkins County

Western New York
Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. - Erie County
Lt. Col. Matt Urban Center - Erie County
My Place Home for the Homeless - Erie County
YWCA of the Niagara Frontier - Niagara County


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The Network Applauds Governor Cuomo for Advancing MOU


Yesterday, Governor Cuomo directed the New York State Division of the Budget to execute a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to release approximately $2 billion in funding for the creation of more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing over the next five years, including 6,000 units of supportive housing. It now is before the Legislature for their review.

In response to this action, Laura Mascuch, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York, released the following statement:

“The Supportive Housing Network of New York strongly applauds the Governor for issuing a Memorandum of Understanding that will support the creation of 6,000 units of supportive housing over the next 5 years, as the first installment of his 20,000 unit/15 year commitment. With 80,000 families and individuals homeless in our State, we commend the Governor for prioritizing this issue. We look forward to the Governor and Legislative leaders negotiating a final MOU that fully supports the development of this desperately needed housing for New York’s most vulnerable.”

The Network and our partners are urging the Governor and the Legislature to expedite the process and come to an agreement that supports the creation of 6,000 units of supportive housing over the next five years.

Media coverage here.

Please see the Governor’s press release:

For Immediate Release: 9/14/2016


State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed Robert Mujica, Director of the New York State Division of the Budget, to execute a memorandum of understanding to release $2 billion in funding to advance the creation of more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing over the next five years. The executed agreement is now before the New York State Senate and Assembly for action.

“This agreement marks a major step forward in the state’s comprehensive efforts to combat the homelessness and affordable housing crisis in New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “By advancing the state’s largest commitment to affordable and supportive housing, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be able to find a safe place to call home. I call on the State Legislature to join me in this effort, and sign the Memorandum of Understanding so we can fully realize the transformational benefits this historic investment will bring for New York’s most vulnerable residents.”

In his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo put forward a sweeping, $20 billion blueprint to combat homelessness and expand access to affordable housing in New York State. Approval of the MOU by the New York State Senate and Assembly will allow for the aggressive implementation of the Governor’s 5-year plan. The comprehensive initiative includes $10 billion dedicated to creating and preserving 100,000 units of affordable housing, and $10 billion dedicated to tackling homelessness by developing 6,000 new permanent supportive housing units and 1,000 emergency beds, and offering an expanded array of homelessness services.

The MOU, signed today, marks a major step forward in the state’s overall goal to ensure all New Yorkers have a safe, affordable place to call home. Agreement by all parties to the MOU will release in full $2 billion in funding appropriated in the 2016-17 State Budget toward the creation of new affordable and supportive housing units in New York.

Combined with the previously approved MOU, the following resources are available:

New Construction: Up to $1.4 billion to support the creation of new units across a spectrum of populations and geographic areas, including significant new investments to create senior housing, middle-income housing, and supportive housing across the state.

Preservation: Up to $565 million toward extending the affordability of existing units statewide and creating a large-scale financing program that specifically supports assets like public housing authorities in upstate communities. Up to $100 million in funding will be designated for state-approved NYCHA related projects and improvements.​ This is in addition to the $100 million in current state funding for NYCHA.

Homeownership: Up to $54 million to provide opportunities for new and continued homeownership throughout the state, including new and manufactured home programs and efforts to continue stabilizing communities hit by the foreclosure crisis.

Neighborhood Revitalization: Up to $10 million toward continued investments in our downtowns and villages throughout the state.

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Network Hosts HCBS Technical Assistance Webinar


The Network over the past year has been working with members to help explore the State’s new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program and the challenges and opportunities that exist with this new program for supportive housing providers.

As part of these efforts, the Network hosted an HCBS technical assistance webinar on Friday, August 12th to assist Upstate and Long Island members in preparing for the October 1st start of HCBS delivery. Network consultant, Cindy Freidmutter of CLF Consulting gave a 90 minute presentation to over 80 attendees about the opportunities and challenges that supportive housing providers may face offering HCBS. The presentation covered strategies for starting up these services to minimize risk, infrastructure requirements and the financial viability of offering services including how to align costs and revenues.

If you were unable to attend and are interested in viewing a recorded version of the webinar you can access it here.  (When you click on the link to access the webinar, it will take you to a registration page –  fill in your name and email address and it will take you to the recorded webinar.)

You can also view the presentation slides by clicking here.

The Network held similar technical assistance workshops last year with New York City members (HCBS services began a year earlier there), helping organizations prepare for the downstate launch of HCBS. The powerpoint slides from the Network’s 2015 NYC September trainings is here.  As noted above, when you click on the link to access the webinar, it will take you to a registration page –  fill in your name and email address and it will take you to the recorded webinar.

For more information about HCBS, please visit the Network’s Medicaid and Supportive Housing section on our website.

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