Last week, the Network was honored as the 2020 Nonprofit of the Year by New York Housing Conference at their 47th Annual Awards Program.
The theme of this year’s program was Housing: Critical Response. The Network was celebrated for providing rapid response and clear channels of communication to meet the needs of the supportive housing community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stakeholders and community partners came together to congratulate the Network.
“They are so successful because of their leadership, because they are so focused, and their reputation is phenomenal,” said Bea de la Torre, Managing Director for Housing and Homeless, Trinity Church Wall Street.
“New York State has a long history of providing support dollars and capital dollars for supportive housing. The Network was at the absolute center of helping to create and advocate and push for the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) which is the Governor’s commitment to 20,000 supportive housing units over 15 years. We never would have gotten there without the Network,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
“When something happens like the pandemic where we are scrambling to try to protect people and scrambling to understand what the needs are and how to meet those needs, having someone like the Network that you know you can trust was critical,” said Vicki Been, Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development for New York City.
“They had a real power during COVID, bringing us together as a group and creating this supportive housing think-tank to address the issues that were coming up,” said Jeannette Ruffins, Chief Executive Officer of Homeward NYC.
The Network is honored to be recognized by our colleagues and friends at NYHC as well as alongside our fellow honorees: Designing the We, Trinity Financial, and Carol Corden.
Watch the video honoring the Network from the Awards Program below.