New York State

THANK YOU GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR 20,000 UNITS OF SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, ANNOUNCED IN YOUR STATE OF THE STATE ON JANUARY 13, 2016! This commitment, combined with that of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 15,000 units of supportive housing in New York City, means a combined pledge to creating 35,000 units of supportive housing in New York State, the largest commitment to supportive housing in the country. This historic commitment would not have been possible without your support and dedication. Your help in working with local stakeholders, the media, and participating in more than a year of sustained advocacy made this extraordinary achievement possible. Thank you!

This long-term supportive housing program is part of the state’s $20 billion five year affordable housing and homelessness plan unveiled yesterday at the Governor’s State of the State address. The five year program will invest $9.7 billion to establish 94,000 units of affordable housing, $2.6 billion for 6,000 new units of supportive housing and will also establish 1,000 new emergency shelter beds. Over 15 years, the plan will result in 20,000 new supportive housing units and an additional 1,000 shelters beds. The budget is committing $640 million in settlement funds towards the 5 year plan.

The supportive housing program will be a statewide program and all 20,000 units will be congregate; the plan does not include the scattered site model.  In addition, to the supportive housing commitment, the Governor said that the state will work with the local Continua of Care on local homeless initiatives, but it’s unclear at this time, in what capacity. In addition, his homelessness plan will give the state new oversight of the NYC homeless shelter system and will partner with the State Comptroller, the NYC Comptroller and the Buffalo Comptroller to review and inspect shelters across the state.

State Advocacy

The Network advocates on behalf of New York's supportive housing community, to preserve and increase capital, operating and service funding for supportive housing. In addition, the Network also presses for policies that make development and operation easier and more effective. Through its office in Albany, the Network engages in a number of advocacy efforts State-centered every year. We regularly testify at budget and policy hearings, inform and mobilize members and tenants about issues affecting them and meet with elected officials to educate and advocate for supportive housing. Below, you'll find an outline of the Network's core policy priorities for New York State government. You'll also see a list of our recent legislative victories, a sampling of our State government testimonies and a downloadable collection of our advocacy materials.

Policy Priorities

Our core supportive housing policy priorities for the state of New York.

Medicaid and Supportive Housing

Reports, webinars and myriad resources on Medicaid and supportive housing.


Transcripts of testimonies delivered before the New York City State Senate and Assembly. Documents are downloadable as PDF files.

Policy and Advocacy Materials

Downloadable materials used in current and recent New York State budget and policy efforts.