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NYS GUIDANCE IN NAVIGATING COVID-19

Mar.31.2020

STATE GUIDANCE

NYS DOH
3/27/20 MRT Supportive Housing Guidance NEW

NYSHCR

3/26/2020 HCR Program Notice

3/27/2020 HCR Update NEW

NYSPI
3/25/20 Managing Suicidal Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

NYS OMH
3/30/20 Guidance on Telemental health NEW UPDATES

3/27/20 State Aid Contracting with OMH during the COVID-19 State of Emergency Webinar for Direct Contract Providers NEW

3/31/20 Anxiety Poster NEW

3/25/20 FAQs from Supportive Housing Providers RE: COVID-19 

3/24/20 Memo For Mental Health Residential Program and Family Care Administrators 

3/13/20 OMH Letter from Dr. Sullivan to Providers

3/19/20 Supplemental Guidance Regarding Use of Telehealth for People Served in OMH-Licensed or Funded Residential Programs During the Disaster Emergency

  • Telehealth applies to all programs, including unlicensed congregate
  • Congregate still required to have a minimum of one staff in addition to security.

3/20/20  Letter from Dr. Sullivan on Essential Business 

3/20/20 Guidance for State Aid Funded Contracts 

3/23/20 - COVID-19 Disaster Emergency FAQ 

  • Most contracts allow providers to move up to 10% of the total funding between budget categories. If an organization needs flexibility beyond what the contract provides, requests for budget modifications should be discussed with contract managers. Organizations are encouraged to track expenditures related specifically to COVID19. This information will allow NYS to identify the extent of the need and whether or not such expenditures can be accommodated within the current contract.
  • It may be possible to provide advance payments up to 25% of the contract amount. Please contact your contract manager to discuss.
  • If a person is thought to have symptoms of COVID-19 or meets other screening criteria, providers should call the NYS DOH hotline at 1-888-364- 3065 or your LHD at https://www.nysacho.org/directory/ for for instruction. DOH will then assist in determining next steps which may include transporting the affected individual to a medical facility, instruction regarding quarantine in place, and contacting the Local Health Department (LHD) for direction on mandatory quarantine or isolation procedures, including help identifying an appropriate location for such quarantine or isolation.
  • Providers needing supplies that they cannot obtain elsewhere should contact their LHD or contact their local emergency management office. Regional phone numbers included in the document.

3/16/20 - Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 

NYS OCFS 
3/25/20 Guidance on Regulatory Relief Related to COVID-19 
3/25/20 Child Care Subsidy Program Information for Local Social Services Districts in Response to COVID-19
3/25/20 RHY Temporary Variance Form
March 2020 Guidance for NYS Office of Children and Family Services Programs

NYS OTDA
3/31/20 Interim Guidance for Operators of Facilities Providing Housing to Individuals who are Homeless and Supportive Housing, or Organizations Making Referrals to Such Facilities NEW

3/31/20 Protocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following  COVID-19 Exposure or Infection NEW

3/26/20 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROVIDERS RE: COVID-19 NEW

3/23/20 Letter to Providers from Michael Hein on Essential Employees 

NYS OASAS
3/11/20 Guidance for NYS Behavioral Health Programs 

3/20/20 Guidance on Staff Reduction

NYS EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT

3/20/20 Essential Services - Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order mandating all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state to reduce their in-person workforce at any location by 100%, with some exceptions for operations deemed essential including:

  • Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
  • Food banks
  • Human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
  • Construction including skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

This mandate goes into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
For a full list of exemptions, see Empire State Development’s website.

Governor Restores $36 Million for MRT-Funded Supportive Housing in 30-Day Amendment

Feb.21.2020

THANK YOU GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR RESTORING $36.3 MILLION FOR MRT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN THE 30-DAY BUDGET AMENDMENT

THANK YOU TO THE PROVIDERS WHO ADVOCATED FOR THIS RESTORATION

Governor Cuomo released the 30-day budget amendment on February 21st which includes a restoration of $36.3 million in funding for existing MRT Supportive Housing Programs serving 6,300 formerly homeless individuals and families.

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NYS SFY 2021 Executive Budget Released

Jan.22.2020

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo released the SFY 2021 Executive Budget

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

Nov.26.2019

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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Gov. Cuomo Announces Conditional Awards of ESSHI Round Four

Nov.18.2019

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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The Network Celebrates Supportive Housing Heroes at 2019 Awards Gala

Oct.24.2019

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.

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NYS HCR Releases the 2019 Multifamily Finance 9% RFP

Oct.11.2019

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) released its Multifamily Finance 9% Request for Proposals (RFP), through which applicants may apply for funding for the new construction, rehabilitation, and/or adaptive reuse of site-specific projects that provide multifamily rental housing.

Program Anticipated Funding
Supportive Housing Opportunity Program (SHOP) $30 million
9% Low-Income Housing Credit (LIHTC) $28 million
Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Program (HTF) $42 million
Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund (CIF) $3 million
New York State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (SLIHC) $5 million
Public Housing Preservation Program (PHP) $7 million
Middle Income Housing Program (MIHP) $7 million
Housing Development Fund (HDF) $5 million
Federal Housing Trust Fund Program (FHTF) $15 million
Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Program (PBV) 34 units
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U.S. HUD Releases NOFA for Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Oct.10.2019

On October 9th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released twin Notices of Funding Availability for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program. Both are due on February 10th, 2020.

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Home Leasing Opens Charlotte Square on the Loop in Rochester

Oct.01.2019

On Sept. 24th, Home Leasing hosted a ribbon-cutting with nonprofit partner Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach (SCPO) to celebrate the opening of  Charlotte Square on the Loop in Rochester, joined by over 100 community members including local elected officials and community supporters, and. Through Spiritus Christi, the 50-unit affordable/supportive residence for individuals and families includes eight units specifically for justice-involved individuals.

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How Does New Rent Stabilization Law Affect Scattered Site Supportive Housing? Q&A

Sep.26.2019

Tenant Stabilization and Protection Act, Part J

Rent Stabilization and Scattered Site Supportive Housing

What are the changes to the rent stabilization laws that impact scattered site supportive housing?

Following a realignment of the State legislature last year, lawmakers in Albany passed historic and sweeping rent law reforms. One part of the new laws will affect tenants in scattered site supportive housing units: Part J. That part of the new rent laws eliminates the previous exemption for supportive housing providers from rent stabilization protections. It also makes clear that both the tenant occupant and the nonprofit that secured the unit are tenants; so if the apartment is rent regulated, both parties are protected as rent regulated tenants.

What rights are now afforded to nonprofit providers, and what rights are afforded to tenant occupants?

As rent-regulated tenants, providers and their clients both have rights that promote stability and long-term tenancies. Tenants can only be evicted for cause, such as if they don’t pay the rent, or if they create a nuisance. When a lease expires, landlords of rent-regulated units are required to offer tenants renewal leases with rent increases limited by the annual orders of the City’s Rent Guidelines Board. Landlords cannot reduce the building services provided to tenants.

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