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WSFSSH and Friends Break Ground on Fischer Senior Apartments


Some 50 staff and partners turned out September 12th to break ground on West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing’s (WSFSSH) Fischer Senior Apartments, a new apartment complex in the Highbridge section of the Bronx that will provide affordable homes to 105 seniors including 54 supportive units. Onsite services will be funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through the NYC 15/15 Supportive Housing Initiative.

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The Network’s Statement in Response to the City’s LL3 Report


The report released by New York City confirms what the Network has been saying for years: that demand for supportive housing is huge and far outpaces available supply.  It also suggests that we need to right-size the portfolio of supportive housing to better meet the needs of today’s unhoused population. At the same time, the City’s increased efficiencies in the referral and placement system have resulted in more and more New Yorkers being connected to critical housing and support.

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Project Renewal Tops Off Bedford Green House Phase II


On Friday, July 14 Project Renewal joined project partners and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson for a topping-off celebration of Bedford Green House Phase II, which will create 116 new affordable apartments, 70 supportive, in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx. Bedford Green House Phase I opened in January 2022 and created 117 affordable apartments, including 71 supportive. Together, the two buildings will provide 233 supportive and affordable homes. Project Renewal will provide on-site services, including case management, occupational therapy, entitlement support and horticultural therapy, funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) through the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS OMH).

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NYC Council and Adams Administration Adopt FY24 Budget


On Friday, June 30th, the New York City Council and Mayor Adams concluded budget negotiations and adopted the Fiscal Year 2024 budget.

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The Network Responds to Recent Press Coverage on Arrears in Supportive Housing


There have been multiple media reports in recent weeks about nonprofit supportive housing providers engaging in legal proceedings to address record-high rent arrears among tenants. Rent arrears is pervasive and has reached crisis levels since the pandemic not just in our community, but also in affordable and public housing, impacting thousands of New Yorkers across the five boroughs. 

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The Network Testifies at Two NYC Council Committee Hearings


On May 4th, Network Associate Director of Engagement and Communications Joelle Ballam-Schwan testified at a hearing of the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Mental Health hearing regarding the Council’s Mental Health Roadmap. Joelle thanked the Council for putting forward a holistic Mental Health Roadmap that calls for targeted investments in the historically underfunded mental health infrastructure and addresses the workforce crisis. She then noted that missing from the roadmap was the 6.5% COLA for the human services sector and urged the council to only expand the City’s mental health pilot, B-HEARD, if significant changes are made to the program, Read the full testimony HERE.

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The Network Joins the Human Services Coalition and 6K Human Services Workers to Rally for #JustPay


On May 25th the Network joined the Human Services Coalition (HSC) alongside over 6,000 human services workers for a #JustPay rally to advocate for a 6.5% COLA for the sector in the City’s final budget. The rally took place as part of HSC’s Day Without Human Services where organizations across the City shut down 30% of their programs to demonstrate solidarity in advocating for the COLA after the administration had been unresponsive to the calls of the sector.

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Services for the UnderServed Opens Jerome Court


On May 24th, Services for the UnderServed (S:US) and Bronx Pro Group along with government and project partners held a housewarming for their newly re-built supportive/affordable residence Jerome Court, in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx. The new building has 105 supportive and 69 affordable apartments for individuals and families, with services provided by S:US through funding under NYC 15/15 through the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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The Network Releases Statement In Response to Inaccurate Report on WNYC/Gothamist


The Network is shocked and disappointed by a story that ran both in the Gothamist and WNYC Gothamist Radio Coverage that dramatically mischaracterizes a respected supportive housing provider’s efforts to maintain solvency and manage its operations to ensure its longevity, both of which are critical to benefit their tenants. 

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The Network Joins Correct Crisis Intervention Today NYC for a #PeersNotPolicy Budget Rally


On May 15th the Network joined members of the Correct Crisis Intervention Today-NYC (CCIT-NYC) coalition for a #PeersNotPolice Budget Rally outside City Hall in advance of a joint executive budget hearing held by the Health, Finance and Mental Health, Disabilities and Addictions committees to urge City Council to fund a non-police mental health crisis response.

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