On October 25th, the Network hosted its 2022 Annual Awards Gala: our first in-person gathering following a two-year virtual hiatus. Members and partners from across the entire supportive housing sector joined to celebrate our incredible community, to welcome the Network’s new Executive Director Pascale Leone, to honor two Outstanding Tenants of the Year -- Cynthia Hairston and Maliq Edwards and, of course, to network.Continue Reading
Named ‘the mayor’ by fellow tenants and staff at Lantern Community Services’ Clover Hall, Cynthia Hairston is known for her care, support and passion for her fellow-tenants and community.Continue Reading
Tenants who’d been nominated as 2019 Supportive Housing Tenants of the Year gathered with the caseworkers who’d nominated them for the Network’s annual Award Breakfast December 3rd, which was held at HELP USA’s Genesis Residence.Continue Reading
This past month, the Network held a convening for NYC scattered site providers to learn about how the recently passed rent law reforms will impact nonprofit providers and tenants living in scattered site apartments.Continue Reading
On October 23rd, the supportive housing community came out for a fabulous party, dedicated to looking back at our proudest moments over the year and honoring our greatest advocates.
Over 600 people filled the grand Capitale in New York City to reconnect and meet new colleagues in a festive environment. Attendees saw themselves on the big screen with a slideshow displaying a year’s worth of events, groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings, and more. The evening was also for honoring key individuals with awards that recognized their enormous role in protecting vulnerable New Yorkers through supportive housing.Continue Reading
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).Continue Reading
On April 11th, the Network joined the supportive housing community for its Annual Meeting. An open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and images of supportive housing buildings newly opened in the last year set the scene for lively conversation with familiar and new faces. The group was able to hear from Senator Brian Kavanagh, Network Board Chair Brenda Rosen, Executive Director Laura Mascuch, and Network Board Treasurer Ralph Fasano.Continue Reading
On the morning of April 9th, 22 Network members gathered to learn more about the art of siting supportive housing. The workshop included presentations from Cynthia Stuart, the Network’s Chief Operating Officer, and Ralph Fasano, Executive Director of Concern for Independent Living, extensive discussion among members and an opportunity to examine and respond to fictional siting scenarios.Continue Reading
On February 28th, about a week before the Network’s annual Lobby Day, some 40 member staff and tenants joined the Network for an interactive workshop generously hosted by Urban Pathways at the Ivan Shapiro House in Manhattan. The training featured everything from the fundamentals of the state budget process to how to navigate the Capitol Building. Yet an overarching goal was to incorporate tenants’ and staff’s real-life experiences in order to forcefully communicate the need for additional funding for supportive housing.Continue Reading
One of the Network’s most beloved days of the year – Lobby Day – began at the crack of dawn on March 5th with staff and tenants from all over the state traveling to Albany for a day of impressing on state legislators the urgent need for increased, adequate funding for new and existing supportive housing. More than 100 tenants and staff from more than 30 organizations met with more than 60 legislators and their staff.
One of the most powerful aspects of our meetings was the presence of tenants who shared real-life stories of how supportive housing has transformed their lives in a holistic, sustainable way. As one tenant said with the conviction of a lived experience:
“Supportive housing is not only a place to be or a roof over the head, but a set of tools and services that empower a person to get back up… and stay up.”Continue Reading