Mission & History

Our Mission

The Network represents its nonprofit members in our collective effort to end homelessness among the most vulnerable New Yorkers through the creation of sufficient supportive housing. We work with all sectors – public, private and nonprofit – to ensure supportive housing’s quality and proliferation through advocacy, policy analysis, training, technical assistance and public education.

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"