Categories: New York City
On February 23rd, the Network’s Associate Director of Engagement and Communications Joelle Ballam-Schwan delivered testimony to the New York City Council’s Housing & Buildings Committee in support of two proposed pieces of legislation: Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (Intro 196) and Public Land for Public Good (Intro 637), and spoke to how they would help further the production and expansion of supportive housing in New York City.
Joelle stressed that one of the greatest challenges to continuing the NYC 15/15 pipeline is identifying affordable and appropriate sites on which to build. She also noted the challenges faced with the scattered site model and the need to rethink the original 50/50 congregate/scattered site NYC 15/15 split, which would mean more funding for congregate supportive housing thereby intensifying the need for affordable and available sites for nonprofits to build on.
See here for the full testimony.