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The Network Submits Comment to HUD’s “Verification of Eligible Status” Proposal


Screenshot from page showing National Archives logo and Housing and Community Development Act of 1980: Verification of Eligible Status text

On July 8, 2019, on behalf of New York’s supportive housing community, the Network submitted comment to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expressing strong opposition to the changes regarding “verification of eligible status,” published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2019. The Network’s letter outlined with specifics how the proposed rule “would only exacerbate the homelessness crisis plaguing the nation.”

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| What's New, Federal

ICL Breaks Ground for Supportive Housing in Downtown Brooklyn


On the stormy afternoon of June 20th, Institute for Community Living (ICL) celebrated the launch of construction for a new affordable and supportive housing residence at 50 Nevins Street in downtown Brooklyn.

David Woodlock, President/CEO of ICL, spoke about how ICL’s work there would extend the site’s history of providing New Yorkers with homes, “grounded in dignity and respect.”

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| What's New, New York City, Member News, Groundbreakings

19th Annual Supportive Housing Conference Draws Record Numbers for Learning and Networking


The 2019 Annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference was an enormous success with over 1,800 registrants, 23 workshops in policy, finance, and social services, and an inspiring opening keynote.

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| What's New, New York State, New York City, Network Events

FY 2020 City Budget Highlights


Ahead of the July 1st start of the City’s Fiscal Year 2020, the Mayor and City Council reached a handshake deal on a budget of $92.8 billion on June 14th.

While there were some victories for housing and human services, the budget fails to provide funding for two critical priorities championed by the Network and our partners.

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| What's New, Funding, New York City

2019 NYS Legislative Session Highlights


There were a number of bills for which the Network was advocating and following at the end of this year’s legislative session including rent regulation, prevailing wage, and two Office of Mental Health housing bills.

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| What's New, New York State

Network Members Gather for Joint Con Edison and HPD Training


On May 22nd, developers, architects, contractors, and other members of the affordable and supportive housing community gathered at Con Edison Headquarters to participate in a joint training with Con Edison and the Building and Land Development Services (BLDS) division of NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

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| What's New, New York City, Network Events

Syracuse Gains 30 New Supportive Housing Units Through Catherine Street Apartments


On May 22nd, an array of partners and supporters gathered in Syracuse to celebrate the opening of Catherine Street Apartments, a 50-unit building with 30 reserved for individuals with mental health disorders. The apartments were developed through a partnership between Network members Central New York Services, Inc. (CNYS) and CSD Housing, development consultants.

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| What's New, New York State, Member News, Openings

NYS HCR Announces 2018 Unified Funding Awards


On May 17th, NYS HCR announced its 2018 Unified Funding Awards. In addition to the three supportive housing projects funded in the early round announced in January, there were 15 projects awarded in the regular round, bringing the total number of supportive housing units to 484 — 22% of the total residential units funded. Network members are involved in 14 separate projects across the state.

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| What's New, Funding, New York State, New York City, Member News

The Network Testifies to NYCC on Critical Need for $20M DOHMH Scattered Site Funding


For the second time this budget cycle, Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch testified to the immediate need for $20 million in funding in the FY 2020 City budget to ensure that 1,800 formerly homeless people don’t become homeless again. Testifying at the New York City Council Committee on Finance’s budget hearing, she thanked the Council for including the additional funding for DOHMH scattered site supportive housing in its initial budget and urged the Council to help ensure the ask makes it into the final budget. Besides the human cost of possibly making 1,800 households homeless again, the City would face approximately $69 million in added shelter costs if these individuals and families re-entered the shelter system.

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| What's New, New York City

Strong Relationships and Shared Values Star at S:US’ Housewarming in the Bronx


Photo credit for photo at right: Diane Cho for HPD.

On May 14th, overcast skies were brightened by purple and yellow balloons greeting guests at Network member Services for the Underserved’s (S:US) housewarming at 2264 Morris Avenue in the Bronx. Government partners, local elected officials, and private supporters celebrated the completion of the 11-story, mixed-income building, co-developed by S:US and Bronx Pro Group. The building contains 94 units, including 31 units of supportive housing: 17 for at-risk young adults and 14 for formerly homeless adults with mental illness.

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| What's New, New York City, Member News, Openings

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