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Network Testifies to New York City Council about Insufficient Rates for Existing Supportive Housing


Network testimony to the Committee on Finance underscored $20M need in the 2020 preliminary budget for DOHMH scattered site supportive housing programs.

On March 6th, Network Executive Director Laura Mascuch testified at the New York City Council Committee on Finance’s hearing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Preliminary Budget. She expressed gratitude on behalf of the supportive housing community for the City’s commitment to NYC 15/15 and the Council’s recent request to the administration for its acceleration. Laura then underscored the remaining, urgent need for at least $20 million in funding to augment woefully underfunded service and operating contracts in 1,800 scattered site units contracted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).

The meeting was attended by the Chair of the Committee on Finance Daniel Dromm and Committee Members Adrienne E. Adams, Andrew Cohen, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Laurie A. Cumbo, Vanessa L. Gibson, Barry S. Grodenchik, Rory I. Lancman, Steven Matteo, Francisco P. Moya, Keith Powers, Helen K. Rosenthal and James G. Van Bramer. The other Council Members present included Speaker Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin, Brad Lander, Stephen T. Levin, Ben Kallos, Deborah Rose, Mark Treyger.

For more details, you can read the Network’s full testimony to the Committee on Finance here. You can also watch the Network’s testimony here (starting around 04:58:45).

For previous Network testimonies to New York City Council, please visit this page.

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