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City Council Response to Mayor’s FY24 Preliminary Budget
The New York City Council has responded to the Mayor's FY24 Preliminary Budget with a call for investments to offset cuts and deliver key programs. The Council identified $2.7 billion in additional resources over Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024 and is proposing approximately $1.3 billion in investments to support its priorities, with $1.4 billion to be set aside in reserve to offset risks.
March Community Corner
In honor of Women’s History Month, the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) created a list of resources to address the mental health needs of women. Despite strides being made to promote gender equality and inclusivity, many women, especially women of color, still continue to face systemic barriers and oppression.
Joseph’s House and Shelter Executive Director Kevin O’ Connor Retires
After leading the organization for 10 years and working there for more than 25 years, Kevin O’Connor retired as Executive Director of Joseph’s House and Shelter March 31st, Kevin has been a thought leader in the supportive housing world -- speaking and teaching locally and nationally about housing first and harm reduction, including at many Network conferences, and at Siena College.
HUD Announces Continuum of Care Awards
On March 28th, HUD announced the Continuum of Care awards for the FY 2022 competition, totaling $2.8 billion nationally. In New York State, 23 CoCs received $268 million, a 3% increase over the prior year. NYC won $145 million, a 2% increase. Most of the funding supports existing permanent supportive housing rental assistance programs, so the funding increases largely support increased Fair Market Rents. Congrats to all CoCs and funded programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details about this funding, as we gear up for another federal budget year.
The Network Hosts a Briefing on Mayor Adams’ City of Yes Housing Opportunity Proposal
On Thursday, March 23rd the Network was joined by the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) for a briefing on the Mayor’s City of Yes Housing Opportunity Proposal. DCP presented key strategies and recommendations identified in the proposal aiming to further fair housing and simplify restrictive zoning, including those specific to expanding opportunities for affordable and supportive housing. There was then an extensive Q&A session with attendees.