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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Today, August 2nd, New York State released the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative - Inter-Agency Service and Operating Funding Opportunity Request for Proposals - Round 6.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.
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:Continue Reading
Voting remotely, the NYS Legislature has passed the SFY 20-2021 budget, which mostly mirrors what the Governor proposed in January for supportive housing. This is an unprecedented time with the state facing a great deal of uncertainty about future revenue and COVID-19-related costs. Given our current circumstances, we are grateful to the state for maintaining existing supportive housing service and development funding levels.
We also understand this budget could change over the next few weeks as lawmakers determine how much federal aid will be coming into the state and if they can maintain the existing revenue projections. If the state doesn’t have enough revenue to cover expenses, the Division of Budget is authorized to make across the board cuts.
Here is our analysis of the various budget areas important to the supportive housing community that is included in the final budget.
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.Continue Reading
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo released the SFY 2021 Executive Budget.Continue Reading