Happy Pride Month! The Network is continually inspired by the work of our community members who uplift and serve the LGBTQ+ community in supportive housing and beyond. As you all know, supportive housing was partially borne out of the AIDS epidemic in NYC, which disproportionately impacted the gay community, and the stigma attached to people who had been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease. It was through the fierce advocacy of ACT UP that our proud member Housing Works was created. Check out this informative and interactive history of Housing Works, including the documentary United in Anger: A History of Act UP.
Friends and partners of WellLife Network’s Cypress Avenue Residence gathered June 9th to celebrate the opening of their 66-unit affordable/supportive building in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens. More than ten years in the creation, the project is the first supportive residence in the area and will provide homes to 40 formerly homeless individuals and families as well as 26 low-income households.
On May 19th, The Bridge, together with Mega Contracting and Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center (GMDC) gathered to celebrate the literal groundbreaking for a groundbreaking new development -- Bridge Rockaway - that combines 174 affordable apartments including 87 supportive with manufacturing space for up to 12 local nonprofit businesses.
On June 16th Breaking Ground joined elected officials and project partners to celebrate the opening of new affordable/supportive housing project, Betances Residence.
On May 25th, the Network joined the Human Services Council (HSC) and human services workers from nonprofits across the City for a #JustPay rally to urge the Mayor and City Council to include $86 million for a 5.4% COLA for the human services sector in the final budget.