The Network and its members advocate to preserve and increase capital funding, as well as operating and service funding for supportive housing. The Network also champions policies that make development and operation of supportive housing easier and more effective.
The Network was instrumental in winning a commitment from the state to create 20,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years: the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, the first long-term commitment to supportive housing outside NYC in history. We are working with our community to ensure the Initiative’s implementation. (For funding opportunities, please search "ESSHI" in our Funding Guide.)
NYS Advocacy and Policy Priorities
The Network regularly testifies at budget and policy hearings, informs and mobilizes members and tenants, and meets with elected officials and state government partners to educate and advocate for supportive housing. We also work with allied organizations to advocate for policies and budget priorities that ensure supportive housing’s effectiveness.
Read our testimony to New York State Senate and Assembly Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on the SFY 2019-2020 Executive Budget Proposal for Human Services here. Read more about Medicaid and supportive housing here.
Our policy priorities are driven by our members. Reach out to us!
Below is a short video from the Network's State Advocacy Director Maclain Berhaupt and Upstate Coordinator Stephen Piasecki talking about the organization's 2002 decision to take its operations statewide and serve and advocate for supportive housing across all of New York.
"The Network Goes Statewide"