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Welcome to the February issue of the Network News, the Supportive Housing Network of New York's monthly e-newsletter. You'll find lead articles on leadership changes at HCR and at Goddard Riverside Community Center; a new residence breaking ground and a bolting up ceremony for another; and more. Thanks for reading!
Leadership Changes at New York State Homes and Community Renewal
James Rubin and RuthAnne
On February 10, Governor Cuomo announced that James S. Rubin, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), would become the new Director of Operations for the Executive Chamber. A week later, the Governor appointed RuthAnne Visnauskas to succeed Mr. Rubin as Commissioner of HCR.

Mr. Rubin was appointed Commissioner of HCR by Governor Cuomo in May 2015, prior to which he served as Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery. He was also Chairman of the Board of Network member Breaking Ground.

Ms. Visnauskas previously served as Executive Deputy Commissioner for Housing Development at HCR, where she was responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of all housing and finance programs.
Stephan Russo Departs Goddard Riverside Community Center
Stephan Russo and Roderick Jones. 
Executive Director
Stephan Russo stepped down from his position at Goddard Riverside Community Center ("Goddard") at the end of the year, succeeded by Dr. Roderick Jones, formerly the President and CEO of Grace Hill Settlement House in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to his eight years at Grace Hill, Dr. Jones served as President and CEO of the Community Place of Greater Rochester. 
A Glorious Residence Breaks Ground on East 172nd Street
Breaking ground at 111 East 172nd Street.

On February 22, Community Access held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new 126-unit building at 111 East 172nd Street. Upon completion, the building will include 57 affordable two-bedroom apartments, 8 affordable studio apartments and 60 studio apartments for tenants referred by the New York State Office of Mental Health. 

Community Access' long-time Director of Real Estate Maggi Knox attended the festivities with a heavy heart - this will be her last groundbreaking before retirement.
A "Bolting Up" Ceremony for 1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments
"Breaking ground" at 1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments.

On February 10th, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Foxy Management, and Alembic Community Development held a 'bolting up' celebration for 1880 Boston Road Senior Apartments - a project that will create  supportive and affordable housing on top of the building currently in existence  (hence the 'bolting up' instead of the traditional 'groundbreaking'). This project is the first of Governor Cuomo's Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI) awards to begin construction in New York City. Of the 168 total units, 51 units will be set aside for homeless and frail seniors.
HHAP Awards Go to Three Network Members
On February 1, the Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation awarded funding from the State's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Homeless Housing Assistance Program for three supportive housing projects being developed by Network members. Together these projects will provide 142 new units of supportive housing.

Project Renewal was awarded $6.2 million to create 71 units of supportive housing in a new residence in Bedford Park, Bronx.  This project will be one of the final projects to be built under the expiring NY/NY 3 agreement.

New Destiny was awarded $5 million to build 23 units of supportive housing for homeless women and families in Crotona Park, Bronx.

West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing (WSFSSH) was awarded  $3.1 million to help build Mill Brook Terrace in Mott Haven, Bronx. The new residence will provide supportive housing for 48 homeless seniors.
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City & State reported "Delaying supportive housing funding a luxury NY's homeless don't have,"
by Peter Cook.

Positive coverage of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing in City Limits: "NYC's Ideals at Stake in Choice Between Low-Income Housing & Parking." 
Comings and Goings          

Trish Marsik was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Services for the UnderServed in January 2017. For the past two years, Ms. Marsik served as the Executive Director for the Mayor's Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, working out of the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice. For 14 years prior to that, Ms. Marsik worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), including a position as Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health.

On March 27, Bobby Watts, formerly Executive Director of Care for the Homeless, is
scheduled to begin as the CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Marcia Spector has been appointed Interim Executive Director of Care for the Homeless.