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.
NYS 2022 Advocacy and Policy Priorities
The Network is advocating that the final state budget include the supportive housing priorities included in Governor Hochul’s Executive Budget. including:
Creation and preservation of 10,000 units of supportive housing – 7,000 new/3,000 preserved -- over the next five years as part of the State’s proposed new 5 year Affordable Housing Plan.
5.4 percent, across-the-board COLA to human services providers in FY 2023 for those agencies covered under the Executive Budget as well as supportive housing staff funded through OTDA’s NYSSHP. We are also advocating for language that would enshrine OTDA’s inclusion in COLA’s moving forward.
Increased Funding for Existing Office of Mental Health Housing Programs. The Executive Budget makes a two-year commitment of an additional $104 million - $65 million in FY 2023 and $39 million in FY 2024 – for existing community-based residential programs across NYS including contracts administered by DOHMH in NYC. The Governor’s budget is also proposingextending property pass-through provisions to OMH’s unlicensed residential programs – including scattered site programs – to offset rising property costs.
Additionally, the Network is seeking to raise rates in older residences dependent on decades old New York State Supportive Housing Program contracts to pay for services.
The Network was instrumental in winning a commitment from the state in 2016 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.)
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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"