Policy Forums

Along with its regular slate of workshops, galas and conferences, the Network hosts policy forums on a host of supportive housing issues. Below, you'll find summaries, speakers and downloadable presentation materials from our most recent forums. See our Upcoming Events page to learn how you can attend future events.

February 10, 2012

6th Annual Horticultural Therapy Forum
The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort), in collaboration with the Supportive Housing Network and Praxis Housing, Inc., presented this year’s Horticultural Therapy Forum to a packed house of over 120 attendees. Horticultural therapy is an effective, cognitive behavioral therapy that combines attention to physical and environmental surroundings with client care and welfare. Multiple outcomes that were discussed ranged from restorative and therapeutic benefits and physical activity, to job training and job creation. As sustainable design, planted areas reduce water runoff and gardening provides a platform to teach about environmental systems and healthy eating habits, as well as a way to connect to the local community.

  • Hilda Krus and Laurie Sexton, The Hort
  • Carole Gordon and Patricia Callahan, The Bridge
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Leigh Kusovitsky, United Way of NYC
    • Susan Palm, Kingsboro Psychiatric Center
    • Erica Packard, Manhattan Land Trust/Bronx Land Trust
    • Jennifer Plewka, Phipps Community Development Corporation
    • Jon Sheffield, Common Ground
  • Government Partners:
    • Caren Abate, NYS Office of Mental Health
    • Carlos M. Diaz, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    • Dave Rouge and Raymond Hodges, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

November 29, 2011

New Approaches to Developing Family Supportive Housing
This forum represented the final event in our series of policy discussions on developing supportive housing for families, held by the Network, Enterprise Community Partners and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). The event began with presentations on innovative financing models for family supportive housing, followed by an in-depth discussion on barriers and solutions, including issues around site acquisition and siting, rental and service funding, capital financing and the pros and cons of partnerships with for-profit developers.

  • PDF, Amy Larovere, A. Larovere Consulting, LLC
  • PDF, Raymond Hodges, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

September 23, 2011

Re-Imagining Healthcare for the Most Vulnerable: What Is Supportive Housing's Role?
With New York State embarking on a top-to-bottom reconfiguration of healthcare delivery for its most vulnerable residents, this forum sought to coalesce learnings from some of the country's most innovative caregivers and policymakers to determine supportive housing's appropriate role.

  • PowerPoint, Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. In 2011, Dr. Brenner was featured in both the New Yorker and Frontline.
  • PowerPoint, Lauren Tobias, New York State Department of Health
  • PowerPoint, Dr. Maria Raven, Bellevue Hospital
  • PowerPoint, Tony Hannigan, Center for Urban Community Services
  • Linda Gibbs, New York City Deputy Mayor
  • Dr. Michael Hogan, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • Rep. Richard Gottfried, New York State Assembly

August 3, 2011

Family Supportive Housing Underwriters Roundtable
The Network, Enterprise Community Partners and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) brought together 60 investors, government funders, lawyers and supportive housing developers to brainstorm strategies for increasing investment in family supportive housing. The roundtable discussion was attended by most of the banks that invest in supportive housing. Representatives from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and New York State Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) were also in attendance. The goal of this follow-up meeting was to coalesce family supportive housing developers with interested funders and banks to identify the biggest investment-related barriers to developing family supportive housing in New York City.


May 18, 2011

Building Futures: Strategies for Development Family Supportive Housing
Building Futures was the first in a series of policy discussions and roundtables examining the ways in which the supportive housing community can better meet the housing and service needs of New York’s neediest families. The Family Supportive Housing series is a joint venture of the Network, Enterprise Community Partners and CSH.

  • Victoria Shire, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Jessica Katz, Lantern Group
  • Marian Zucker, New York State Homes & Community Renewal
  • RuthAnne Visnauskus, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Paul Freitag, Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Diane Louard-Michel, CSH
  • Nicole Branca, Supportive Housing Network of New York