The Network hosted a workshop on strategies to improve WiFi in residences with June Clarke, Director of IT at Urban Pathways. Clarke discussed how Urban Pathways retrofitted several of their residences and shelters to increase bandwidth and capacity for tenants and staff at relatively low cost.
On October 22nd, Mayor de Blasio announced restoration of nearly half the funds that had been cut from HPD’s capital budget for 2020 and 2021 in June. The $466 million restoration in capital funds will be included in the upcoming preliminary plan for fiscal year 2021. The original $1 billion in cuts constituted 40% of HPD’s capital budget and were estimated to impact development of some 21,000 units of affordable housing and 3000 units of supportive housing. Nearly 50% restoration is hoped to significantly diminish these impacts.
"Engaged, enthusiastic, and exemplified success.” These are the words Elizabeth McGuire, Vocational Coordinator at Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s Louis Nine House, used to describe our Tenant of the Year Tyler Cruell.
Musician. Veteran. Activist. Podcaster. There are many words to describe Kenny Alvarez, but none fully capture the dynamic and creative individual the Network is proud to honor as one of our Tenants of the Year
During COVID-19, supportive housing frontline staff put their lives at risk to serve supportive housing tenants. Security and maintenance staff commuted across the city to ensure residences were as clean and safe as possible. Program directors and case managers were creative with programming and materials to provide safe and meaningful support for tenants during frightening times. They reached out to tenants every day so they knew they were not alone. Our frontline staff showed remarkable dedication, bravery, and resolve in the face of an unprecedented challenge, and we are so proud to honor them.