Newsfeed Category: New York State

HCR Releases 9% Multifamily and Project Based Voucher RFPs


New York State Homes and Community Renewal has released the 9% Multifamily Request for Proposals, available here.  This package of tax credits and subsidy is a key source of capital for supportive housing.  This year, HCR returns to an annual RFP process after several years of bi-annual applications. Also new: a LGBTQ+ Affirming Senior Housing Program that may be used with an ESSHI Senior component.

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RUPCO Opens East End II


On September 6th, RUPCO hosted a ribbon cutting for their East End II project in Newburgh. The $36 million project includes 24 building sites in a seven-block radius, comprising 61 mixed-income homes. 10 of the homes are funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) and are set aside for people living with Substance Use Disorder and youth and adults re-entering the community from incarceration. The scattered site development centers around the adaptive reuse of the historic United Methodist Church into a vibrant community center called Highpoint, which will be managed by the Newburgh-based nonprofit LYNC.

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Christopher Community and Crouse Community Break Ground on Community View Apartments


On August 22nd, Christopher Community held a groundbreaking ceremony for Community View Apartments, a $19 million affordable/supportive housing project in Morrisville, New York.  This 61-unit building has 20 units set aside for ESSHI seniors, with services provided by Crouse Community Health Care. 

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New News from OMH


OMH has added two new features to its website, that we want to highlight:

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New OMH Rates


The recently passed New York State budget included increases for Office of Mental Health-funded residential programs including scattered site. These rates include both the second year of enhancements and the additional 4% COLA and went into effect April 1, 2023.   Rates for OMH scattered site are highest in NYC, rising by $2,751/unit to $27,372/year.   Note that for NYC direct contracts, the rate increases should be added to your new contract.

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Governor Hochul Announces More Than $20 Million For Supportive Housing Projects


New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance approved over $20 million in Homeless Housing Assistance Program for housing projects in the New York City region to four permanent supportive housing projects.

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2023-24 State Budget Passes


The New York State FY 2024 budget passed May 3rd, one month past the deadline of April 1st. It continues the state's full commitment to the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, a 15-year plan to develop 20,000 units of supportive housing. The budget also continues funding for year two of the five-year affordable housing plan to create and preserve 100,000 affordable homes – including funds to preserve supportive housing.

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The Network’s Statement on the Conceptual State Budget


The governor and state lawmakers have missed an important opportunity to address the mounting crisis in the state’s supportive housing system, failing to invest in sorely needed funding to shore up an aging housing infrastructure and programs that are stretched to the limit. 

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HUD Announces Continuum of Care Awards


On March 28th, HUD announced the Continuum of Care awards for the FY 2022 competition, totaling $2.8 billion nationally.  In New York State, 23 CoCs received $268 million, a 3% increase over the prior year.  NYC won $145 million, a 2% 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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The Network Hosts a Legislative Week of Action


The Network hosted a Legislative Week of Action from March 13th-17th to urge the New York State Senate and Assembly to support crucial supportive housing investments in the final State Budget. This was hosted in lieu of the Network’s 2023 Lobby Day in Albany, which had to be canceled due to inclement weather. After a tweet storm and a call-in Day, the Legislative Week of Action culminated in simultaneous Albany and New York City rallies on Friday, March 17th.

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