Newsfeed Category: New York City

Community Access Breaks Ground on River Avenue


On a rainy October 29th, elected officials and funding and development partners joined Community Access for the groundbreaking of 1159 River Avenue. The residence will have 245 affordable and supportive units - 148 supportive - for individuals living with mental health concerns, individuals and families with histories of homelessness, and low income families. 

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Network City Budget Analysis


On July 1st, the City Council approved an $88.1 billion budget for FY 2021. This represents a $7.2 billion decrease from the Preliminary Budget proposed by the Mayor in January and a $4.7 billion decrease from the Adopted FY 2020 budget. 

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In this historic moment when #BlackLivesMatter protests in NYC and across the country are highlighting existing racial disparities that COVID-19 is only exacerbating, we cannot place the burden of our $9 billion budget deficit on our Black communities. The city is outrageously proposing 40 percent cuts to the affordable housing capital budget and potentially major cuts to social service budgets. Meanwhile, it has taken public outcry and advocacy for the City to even consider restructuring the NYPD budget. 

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Network Speaks at City Council Press Conference Opposing Affordable Housing Budget Cuts


Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch joined fellow housing advocates to speak at Council Members Brad Lander, Vanessa Gibson and Robert Cornegy’s press conference opposing affordable housing cuts in the capital budget. The event followed the release of Lander and Gibson’s:  
A Capital Mistake for NYC, an analysis on the costs to housing, jobs, and infrastructure of proposed cuts to capital spending. 

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Subcommittee on the Capital Budget Testimony


Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch, along with a number of our member agencies, testified about proposed cuts to HPD’s capital budget at the City Council Subcommittee on Capital Budget and Finance hearing May 21st. 

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Doctors Without Borders Partners with the Network and Our Members


During COVID-19, Doctors Without Borders (DWB) has been partnering with supportive housing providers across the city to extend advice on infection protection and control and isolation strategies, to think through safety protocols for symptomatic tenants and to field other heath related questions.

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Provider Letter to Speaker Johnson & Chair Miller


The Network partnered with fellow social service coalitions and supportive housing providers to advocate for nonprofit and worker-friendly changes to recent city council legislation surrounding essential workers. In a letter to Speaker Johnson and Chair Miller, the Network and partners urged City Council to consider the impact these bills would have on nonprofits, citing that the proposed legislation could hamper service delivery to New York’s highest risk populations in this challenging time.

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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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