On October 27th, Executive Director Laura Mascuch provided the Network’s testimony at the New York State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Housing’s public hearing. Assembly Members sought input from the affordable housing community on this past year’s progress on the existing five year housing plan and what elements should be included in a new five year affordable housing plan envisioned as part of next year’s state budget.
Laura emphasized the need for the state to re-commit to its long term supportive housing pledge by creating 14,000 new units and preserving 6,000 existing units of supportive housing in the next ten years. This would add an additional year of development to the state’s current 15 year commitment and add a preservation component to the state’s supportive housing program.
The hearing was led by Housing Chair Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz who was joined by Assembly Members Rosenthal, Burdick, Walker, Niou and Epstein. Supportive housing was front and center at the majority of the hearing, with the Assembly Members and advocates expressing support for more supportive housing and the need for it to be developed faster.
You can read the Network’s testimony here.