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.
In the 1980s, New York State led the nation when it created innovative programs like the New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP) that brings services into housing for homeless people in need. But those first generation supportive housing units are now in serious jeopardy due to stagnant funding levels that have barely increased in four decades.
The Network is leading a campaign urging the State to convert the 9,000 at-risk NYSSHP units to its better funded successor the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) through a give-year, phased-in approach.
On October 30th, the Network and nearly 100 nonprofit members sent a letter to Kathy Hochul urging her to conver the 9,000 at-risk NYSSHP units to ESSHI through a five-year, phased-in approach. See the letter HERE. Download the letter HERE.
See our one-pager HERE.
See our social media toolkit HERE.
See campaign press coverage HERE.
The Network was also 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"