New York State

In January, 2016, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a commitment to create 20,000 units of supportive housing statewide over the next 15 years.  This commitment, combined with that of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 15,000 units of supportive housing in New York City, means a combined pledge to creating 35,000 units of supportive housing in New York State, the largest commitment to supportive housing in the country.

This long-term supportive housing program is part of the state’s $20 billion five year affordable housing and homelessness plan. The five year program will invest $9.7 billion to establish 94,000 units of affordable housing, $2.6 billion for 6,000 new units of supportive housing and will also establish 1,000 new emergency shelter beds. Over 15 years, the plan will result in 20,000 new supportive housing units and an additional 1,000 shelters beds. The supportive housing program will be a statewide program and all 20,000 units will be congregate; the plan does not include the scattered site model. 

In April, the final state budget included $1.97 billion in funding for 6,000 supportive housing units and 100,000 affordable housing units, but added a requirement that the Governor and Legislative leaders sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on how it would be spent.  This funding was to support the Governor’s 5 year housing plan which included funding for the first 6,000 units of his 20,000 unit/15 year commitment.

In June, the Governor and NYS Legislative leaders closed out the SFY 2016-17 legislative session with an agreement to make only $150 million in new capital resources available for 1,200 units of supportive housing in this fiscal year. This capital funding is intended to support the first 1,200 units of the state’s plan to create 6,000 units of supportive housing over the next five years. Other than this $150 million commitment for 1,200 supportive housing units, the additional $1.82 billion is subject to the still-to-be-negotiated MOU, with no timeline for getting it signed. 

The Network will continue to push for a long term agreement to support the Governor’s commitment to develop 20,000 supportive housing units over the next 15 years, and to fund the first 6,000 units of this commitment this year via an executed MOU. In addition to this work, please see our other budget and legislative priorities below.

State Advocacy

The Network advocates on behalf of New York's supportive housing community, to preserve and increase capital, operating and service funding for supportive housing. In addition, the Network also presses for policies that make development and operation easier and more effective. Through its office in Albany, the Network engages in a number of advocacy efforts State-centered every year. We regularly testify at budget and policy hearings, inform and mobilize members and tenants about issues affecting them and meet with elected officials to educate and advocate for supportive housing. Below, you'll find an outline of the Network's core policy priorities for New York State government. You'll also see a list of our recent legislative victories, a sampling of our State government testimonies and a downloadable collection of our advocacy materials.

Policy Priorities

Our core supportive housing policy priorities for the state of New York.