The Network’s Senior Policy Analyst Tierra Labrada testified before the City Council on March 16 about the Mayor’s proposed budget and its impact on creating and sustaining supportive housing. As previously reported the Network supported the City’s restoration and increase of HPD funding in the FY 22 budget to $1.45 billion. The Network is also relieved to see there were no significant cuts in the expense budget that would impact supportive housing services. Additionally, however, the Network strongly urged that HPD lift its hiring freeze, which, in conjunction with lack of pay raises at the agency is negatively impacting both new development and move-ins.
The Network also advocated for the funding of emergency pay retroactive to March 2020, include a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment for all human service workers, the majority of whom are women of color and ensure that funding for the human services sector remain intact. For a one pager on the Network’s priorities see here.