When the COVID-19 vaccines were cleared by the FDA in mid-December, a public discussion began about Black Americans’ level of trust in these vaccines and the systems that produce and distribute them. In a study released on December 15th by the nonprofit health policy group KFF, 35% of Black people would either definitely not or probably not get the COVID vaccine (compared to 26% Latinx people and 26% white people). In many ways, this conversation is critical, as it highlights the history and current practices of medical abuse, neglect, mistreatment and violence against Black people at the hands of the government and the medical establishment--realities which are all too often ignored.
Last week, the Network was honored as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year by New York Housing Conference at their 47th Annual Awards Program.
The theme of this year’s program was Housing: Critical Response. The Network was celebrated for providing rapid response and clear channels of communication to meet the needs of the supportive housing community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stakeholders and community partners came together to congratulate the Network.
On December 9th, the Network, Coalition for the Homeless and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) hosted a Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing press conference to announce that, for the first time ever, the number of single adults in the DHS shelter system had surpassed 20,000.
In late November, Westhab topped off their latest project, Dayspring Commons, a 63-unit supportive and affordable development in the Nodine Hill neighborhood of Yonkers. To mark the milestone while heeding public health COVID-19 guidance, a small gathering was held with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Westhab CEO Rich Nightingale.
This year, after the appalling murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of the police, the country saw its most sustained protests since the civil rights era as well as calls to #DefundThePolice and #DefundTheNYPD. American Police from NPR’s Throughline tracks the birth and evolution of policing in America, from its roots in “slave patrols” through the KKK to today.