Newsfeed Category: New York State

Network 2022 State of the State Summary


Governor Hochul delivered her 2022 State of the State address today. We are thrilled to see that housing and homelessness are a large part of the administration’s agenda, including our collective advocacy ask for 10,000 units of supportive housing be included as part of a new 5 year affordable housing plan. In response to this news the Network has released the following statement:

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Build Back Better Moves Forward


On November 19th the House approved President Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, which would amount to the largest single investment in affordable housing in 75 years, $150 billion. The Network has been a state partner of the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s HoUSed Campaign, a national campaign advocating for significant federal investments in affordable and supportive housing. The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration. The BBB Act currently includes:

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Housing Visions Opens Winston Gaskin Homes in Syracuse


On Monday, October 25th, Housing Visions, the YWCA of Syracuse and partners gathered to celebrate the opening of the Winston Gaskin Homes, a preservation project that rehabilitated 20 buildings on Syracuse’s east side.  The sixty-six unit project reserves twenty units for survivors of domestic violence and their families, with services provided by the YWCA of Syracuse that are funded by the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

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Sealed Unit Information Session and Guide


On July 28th, the Network hosted a meeting concerning Sealed Units with the Bronx Public Administrator Matilde B. Sanchez, Esq., the Bronx Surrogate’s Court’s Associate Court Attorney Wendy Silva, Esq., and Richmond County’s Surrogate’s Court’s Chief Clerk Ronald Cerrachio. As a follow-up we have crafted a comprehensive Sealed Unit Guide. Additionally, we have created an updated version of our Sealed Unit survey to keep track of the units that are sealed from our members.

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DePaul Breaks Ground on Veddersburg Apartments


On July 22nd, DePaul joined development and government partners as well as elected officials to break ground on Veddersburg Apartments, a new affordable/supportive residence providing 62 homes to a mix of individuals with mental health diagnoses and local income-eligible households. 

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Governor Releases Executive Budget - Funds Year 6 of ESSHI


The Governor released the 2022 Executive Budget yesterday outlining his proposed budget for the upcoming year. Given the state’s unprecedented challenges -- including a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and uncertainty about federal relief -- supportive housing fared comparatively well.

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Supportive Housing Exempt from 20% Budget Withholds; ESSHI & HHAP RFPs Released; ESSHI Extensions


State updates from the month of September, including announcements regarding restoring the 20% withholds impacting all scattered-site contracts, the release of ESSHI and HHAP RFPs, and ESSHI conditional award extensions.

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Capital Project Update 
Although last month the NYS Division of Budget released Budget Bulletin B-1223 “pausing” all existing capital projects including supportive/affordable projects, the DOB has approved all OTDA HHAP and HCR 9% capital projects that have award letters to move toward closing.  It is unclear at this time how future projects will be impacted.

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OMH Guidance On Background Check Process


In response to increasing concerns regarding staffing shortages related to COVID-19, the background check process required of authorized OMH programs has been temporarily modified. OMH posted guidance that outlines the following:

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