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HPD and HDC Increase M&O Rates By 10%


In January of 2022, the Network, in collaboration with ANHD, NYSAFAH and LiveOn, offered joint recommendations to HDC and HPD for inclusion in the 2022 M&O Standards for New Construction.  The Network is pleased to share that several of the recommendations have been adopted into the finalized schedule.

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President Biden’s FY 2023 Budget Released


President Biden released his FY 2023 budget request on Monday, March 28. The request would add $6.2 billion to last year’s HUD budget, putting the total at $71.9 billion. Additionally, the proposed budget also includes $50 billion in other federal investments in affordable housing including:

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HUD announces Continuum of Care Awards


Last month, HUD announced the Continuum of Care Awards for the FY 2021 competition, totaling $2.6 billion nationally.  In New York State, 24 CoCs received $261 million, a 6% increase over the prior year.  NYC won $145 million, a 5% 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 with details about this funding, as we gear up for another federal budget year.

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HoUSed Campaign News


On August 9th, Senator Schumer released spending level proposals for the $3.5 Trillion budget reconciliation bill, allocating $332 billion to the Housing and Financial Services committee to address housing needs, including the HoUSed campaign priorities.  The committee, chaired by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, will decide individual spending levels. We expect to see $45 billion in the National Housing Trust Fund and substantial increases in rental assistance included. Chair Brown has been working with Chair Waters to align their housing priorities.   

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Final Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Rule


On May 20, 2020, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a final rule to change the regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), notably without support from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or Federal Reserve. 

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House of Representatives’ HEROES Act Includes Network’s Top Priorities


House Speaker Pelosi announced a $3 trillion stimulus bill, HEROES Act on May 15th. This comprehensive package embraces all of our top priorities, including:

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Ecomonic Impact Payments For Low Income Households


As you probably know, all low-income individuals are eligible for a $1,200 stimulus check ($2,400 for joint returns, $500 for each qualifying child) known as Economic Impact Payments.

Any low-income individual who has filed a tax return in the past two years and cannot be claimed as a dependent will receive the monies automatically.

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Congress Approves HUD Funding Increases


The House and Senate have agreed on across-the-board funding increases for the HUD programs that are key to supportive housing.  It is expected that the President will sign the bill, avoiding a government shutdown.  This represents an incremental increase keeping the programs whole, not a major new investment.

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


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.”

A high-level view of its content is below.

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Network Team Advocates for Federal Funding and Policy Priorities


The Network team joined the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Hill Day in Washington D.C. for the 18th consecutive year on July 23rd. They met with legislators to advocate for improved funding and policies that could alleviate homelessness in the state of New York.

The group had 28 meetings with elected officials and their staff to advocate for sufficient funding for HUD programs integral to the solution to homelessness, including 1) $2.8 billion for McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance grants, 2) $23.1 billion for existing Housing Choice Vouchers and additional vouchers for veterans and people with disabilities, and 3) $678 million for senior housing (HUD 202).

They also advocated for policies that would encourage the development and sustainability of supportive housing units, such as legislation to improve Low Income Housing Tax Credits, protection of the National Housing Trust Fund and the reauthorization of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Most notably, the Network staff met directly Representatives Donovan, Faso, Katko, Tonko, Velazquez and Zeldin. The response from all the elected officials was overwhelmingly positive and they all acknowledged the dire need to curb homelessness.

Congressman Lee Zeldin wrote about the meeting on his official Facebook page.

“Last week, I met with New Yorkers from The Supportive Housing Network of New York to discuss ways to assist Americans in need trying hard to pull themselves out of dire financial situations. This Congress, I introduced legislation to make permanent the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program that provides financial assistance for supportive services for very low-income veteran families in permanent housing, because even just one homeless veteran is too many,” he wrote in response to the meeting.

 The lobby day followed a three-day conference organized by NAEH that brought together nonprofits around the country to meet and share ideas and solutions to ending the homelessness crisis.

Read more about the NAEH Conference here

Read more about the Network’s 2018 federal budget priorities here

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