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Mission & History

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance the creation of supportive housing to end homelessness among the most vulnerable New Yorkers. We also strive to increase the public's understanding of supportive housing and share best practices that continually improve supportive housing's effectiveness.

Our History

The Supportive Housing Network of New York is a nonprofit membership organization with offices in New York City and Albany. The Network represents over 200 nonprofits that develop and operate supportive housing. As the only supportive housing membership organization in the state, the Network serves as a voice for the provider community, which has created the largest, best-managed, and most innovative supportive housing stock in the nation.

The Network was established in 1988 and has expanded alongside the rapid growth of the supportive housing movement. It now represents the vast majority of New York’s nonprofit supportive housing providers. The Network also includes over 80 affiliate and more than 120 corporate members. Thanks in part to the Network’s advocacy efforts, New York is now home to over 52,000 units of supportive housing. Read about the origins of supportive housing in New York here.

Below is a short video featuring the former and present leaders of the Supportive Housing Network describing the organization's key moments of growth across 30 years of serving New York's supportive housing community.

"The Network: An Innovation in Supportive Housing"