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Recent Accomplishments

Secured commitments from Governor Cuomo & Mayor de Blasio to create 35,000 units of supportive housing in 15 years

As leaders in the Campaign 4 NYNY Housing, conducted a three year-long campaign that led to:

  • Commitment to create 20,000 units of supportive housing statewide in 15 years from Governor Cuomo.
  • Nearly $1 billion in state funding to develop the first 6,000 units over the next five years.
  • Commitment to create 15,000 units of supportive housing in NYC in 15 years from Mayor de Blasio: NYC 15/15.
  • Release of an open-ended Request for Proposal that funds services in all 7,500 units of single-site supportive housing over next 15 years under NYC 15/15.

With Members and Government Partners, Secured

  • $2.5 billion for supportive and affordable housing over next five years.  The NYS 2018 budget contained $1 billion for the first five years of the Governor’s promised 20,000 units of supportive housing over the next fifteen years.
  • $124.5 million for service and operating expenses for the first 6,000 units over the next five years (reappropriated from last year’s budget).
  • $11 million increase to the NYS Housing Trust Fund.
  • $600,000 increase at the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for the NYS Supportive Housing Program.
  • $500,000 increase in OTDA’s Homeless Housing and Assistance Program.
  • $10 million to enhance support for existing OMH residential programs.
  • Contract rate increases for supportive housing providers serving persons with HIV/AIDS as well as a Cost Of Living Adjustments for caseworkers.
  • Reforms to the HASA case conference process.

Brought the Supportive Housing Community Together

  • Held a Q & A session on the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) with state government partners for 100+ member representatives.
  • Piloted a workshop on understanding joint venture terms for nonprofit members with industry experts.
  • In concert with the Mayor’s Office of Faith and Community Partnerships, convened 100+ faith leaders to learn how faith-based organizations can partner with and/or champion mission-driven supportive housing developers.
  • Supported NYC Council Joint Hearing of the General Welfare and Housing and Buildings Committees on supportive housing.
  • Held the largest supportive housing conference ever. In 2016, the 16th Annual New York State Supportive Housing Conference broke all records and drew 1,600 registrants for over 20 workshops.

As Co-Leader of the NYC Coalition on the Continuum of Care
The Network continues to help lead the NYC Coalition on the Continuum of Care (CCoC), the coalition of government representatives, advocates, providers, consumers and other stakeholders that oversee federal homeless assistance funding. In this role, the Network:

  • Helped implement Mission Home, the campaign that reduced veteran homelessness in New York City to nearly ‘functional zero’.
  • Convened 100 providers, advocates, funders and government partners for a Youth Summit to begin to formulate a plan for addressing youth homelessness.
  • Helped move forward a citywide coordinated entry effort to improve how we assess homeless individuals and families and then better match households to the housing and service levels that meet their needs.

Brought the Supportive Housing Community to Legislators in Record Numbers

  • In Washington DC, held twelve meetings with staff for key New York legislators, winning support from Republican Congressman John Katko on a Dear Colleague letter supporting increased McKinney Vento funding; in FY 2017 budget, won increase of 6% for McKinney Vento.
  • Convened more than 100 tenants and staff for 80 state legislative visits advocating for full funding for supportive housing.

Led Roundtables of Supportive Housing Providers Serving New Populations

  • Co-convened a monthly working group of government and providers of young adult housing to distill and share best practices, connect providers to employment, education and other relevant resources.
  • Convened a monthly working group of providers serving families in supportive housing, connecting providers to relevant resources concerning domestic violence, child protection and education.
  • Convened a workgroup of providers serving youth exiting residential facilities.

Continued Advances in Melding Medicaid Reform with Supportive Housing

  • Worked with providers, Health Homes and MCOs to determine and implement best practices for identifying and placing high cost/high need homeless individuals in supportive housing.

And…

  • Provided one-on-one assistance with siting residences and troubleshooting development issues.
  • Co-sponsored a one-day conference on improving housing options for justice-involved individuals with John Jay College Prison Re-entry Institute, Fortune Society and CSH.
  • Kept members apprised of funding opportunities and provided them with budget and policy analyses.