Governor Hochul delivered her 2022 State of the State address today. We are thrilled to see that housing and homelessness are a large part of the administration’s agenda, including our collective advocacy ask for 10,000 units of supportive housing be included as part of a new 5 year affordable housing plan. In response to this news the Network has released the following statement:
The Network and the Human Service Coalition (HSC) gathered with human services workers from supportive housing and other nonprofit organizations alongside elected officials to urge the City to include a 3% COLA for the workforce in the November budget modification.
On November 19th the House approved President Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, which would amount to the largest single investment in affordable housing in 75 years, $150 billion. The Network has been a state partner of the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s HoUSed Campaign, a national campaign advocating for significant federal investments in affordable and supportive housing. The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration. The BBB Act currently includes:
The urgent need to create initiatives to combat climate change has highlighted the complex and interconnected issue of environmental racism and injustice. As Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of the Environment explains, “Environmental justice is really concerned with documenting and understanding the disproportionate and unequal environmental burdens that certain communities face. In the United States and around the world, low-income, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian people tend to be living in spaces where environmental hazards, extreme natural and human-made disasters, and environmental degradation occur more rampantly.”
On November 3rd, government and project partners joined The Bridge and tenants to formally celebrate the opening of 3500 Park Avenue Apartments, a new affordable and supportive housing residence in the Bronx. With 115 units of which 69 are supportive, this new residence will serve individuals experiencing homelessness, including adults with mental illness, veterans with disabilities and the elderly. Supportive services are provided by The Bridge and funded through the NYS Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI).