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3/26/20 ACCESS HRA Coronvirus - Skip The Trip 
HRA Center Locations
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have consolidated our HRA Job, SNAP, and Medicaid Center locations, effective 12:00pm yesterday, Tuesday, March 24. As we have reported in our previous communications, we asked the State for – and received – permission to accept Cash Assistance (CA) applications online, which, as you know, began on Friday, March 20. The interview portion of the CA application process is being conducted by telephone.

As a result of these consolidations, we are advising New Yorkers to apply for public benefits online at ACCESS HRA in order to prevent unnecessary visits to an HRA center. For clients who cannot or do not want to apply online, a list of Job, SNAP, and Medicaid center locations that will remain open can be found here: Job, SNAP, Medicaid.

If you were not able to join the call, please find an audio recording here, password: DSSevent032320.
If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please do not hesitate to reach out to Vanessa Fuentes in the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, at

3/25/20 NYC Nonprofits

3/25/2020 City Agency Suspensions and Reduction 

MOCS Updates
March 18, 2020 Letter to Providers

  • Please contact your city agency Program Specialist to discuss contract changes. Please contact Tierra Labrada with any DOHMH or HRA issuess
  • The City is moving to register all contracts and amendments.
  • The City is working on cash advances and back payments.
  • New audits are suspended; for existing audits, timelines are being extended
  • All COVID-19 expenses should be categorized as such for future reimbursement

3/20/20  Letter to Providers on Streamlined Practices 

3/24/20 Human Services Business Continuity 
Email: – with any issues

3/23/20 Testing COVID-19 Update for New York City 
3/18/20  Guidance to DOHMH Division of MeContal Hygiene Sub Contracted Providers

  • Discussion of Essential and Non Essential service delivery
  • Allows for Telemental Health services

3/31/20 Covid-19 Updates NEW
3/30/20  Guidance to owners and contractors regarding enforcement of Essential vs. Nonessential construction NEW
- Continue checking their website for supplemental guidance and faqs

NYCHA: 3/17/20 Guidance to Section 8 Participants on Rent Hardships

HPD Occupancy Guidelines Update


In August, HPD updated the occupancy standards in the HPD Marketing Handbook to increase the number of household members allowed per unit size by one person. Additionally, the occupancy guidelines no longer assume that two married or similarly committed people share a bedroom.

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NYC Indirect Cost Rate Updates


As we have shared previously, human services nonprofits are now able to begin the process of claiming their true indirect cost rates (ICR) on their NYC contracts.

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2019 Tenant of the Year Breakfast


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.

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Network Hosts HCR and Legal Aid Society For Session on Recent Rent Law Reforms


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.

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Concern for Independent Living Opens Surf Vets Place in Coney Island


On the gorgeous, breezy morning of Nov. 20th, a crowd of supporters gathered near the Coney Island shoreline to celebrate Concern for Independent Living and Georgica Green Venture’s opening of Surf Vets Place. State and city elected officials, community board members, funding partners and other Concern staff sat in a bright community room to applaud the beautiful new apartment building, which includes 82 supportive units for formerly homeless veterans.

“This is the most beautiful affordable development in all of Coney Island!” said Council Member Mark Treyger representing District 47. He emphasized that the ribbon-cutting was not simply for a building, “but for the dignity and respect that is owed to our veterans.” He ended his remarks by saying “This is a game-changer for the Coney Island community.”

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Ability to Claim Indirect Cost Rates Now Available to NYC Nonprofits


New York City released the Indirect Entryway system on November 18th, allowing health and human services nonprofits with City contracts to claim their actual indirect cost rates.

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Gov. Cuomo Announces Conditional Awards of ESSHI Round Four


On November 18th, Governor Cuomo announced the fourth round of conditional awards for the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). The awards went to 108 nonprofit agencies totaling 161 projects across the state. Seventy-five percent of the recipients are members of the Supportive Housing Network of NY.

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City Council Approves Building Service Worker Prevailing Wage


On November 14th, NYC Council approved Intro 1321C, legislation that requires developers of certain affordable housing projects to pay the prevailing wage to building service employees. The Mayor is expected to approve the bill. This requirement will go into effect 120 days after it becomes law.

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Community Access Opens East 172nd Street Apartments


On November 12th, Community Access gathered a collaborative of government funders, elected officials, tenants, and building and program staff to celebrate the opening of the East 172nd Street Apartments. The building includes 65 affordable two-bedroom and studio apartments and 60 studio supportive housing units reserved for tenants living with mental health concerns.

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