The mayor recently released the $98.6 billion Executive Budget for fiscal year 2022 (FY22). Read on for budget highlights pertaining to supportive housing and the human services sector.
Good news: as a result of years of advocacy by groups including VOCAL-NY, the Brennan Center, NYCLU, Alliance of Families for Justice, and Let NY Vote, the legislature passed and Governor Cuomo just signed into law a bill lifting a ban on voting rights for parolees. The law allows all formerly incarcerated people in New York the right to vote immediately upon release.
The Network has been selected by National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) as a New York State partner for their national HoUSed campaign, which aims to end the housing crisis by advancing anti-racist policies and bold proposals to ensure people with the lowest incomes and those who are the most marginalized have stable, affordable homes.
Kelly Dumas, LCSW, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer at BestSelf Behavioral Health, was kind enough to share her journey from feeling hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine to ultimately choosing to get vaccinated. As Kelly says, “I encourage anyone who has been vaccinated to share your journey. You may not know who sees you as a trusted individual and your story may be just what is needed to help them decide. If we agree to cancel judgement and listen to understand why someone may be resistant or hesitant to being vaccinated, I think we could have more success in helping some move from hesitancy to fully vaccinated.”
The Board of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation approved six more supportive housing projects April 7th. Additionally, the Board opted to keep the application window open, adding the new $128 million in 2021 funding to the pool available to projects with current applications as well as new ones. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications when ready. If you are unsure about your application, you can submit a concept paper to get feedback from HHAP. Find guidelines and contact information for submitting a concept paper here.