Guest Blog by HPD Commissioner on NYC 15/15
Addressing homelessness is a moral imperative, and a central goal of Housing New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to create 300,000 affordable apartments by 2026. At the forefront of this effort is supportive housing – a proven, effective model that pairs affordable housing with on-site services, saves public dollars, and meets the special needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. That is why, in November 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the NYC Supportive Housing Initiative to create 15,000 new units of supportive housing in New York City over the next 15 years. Read more.
Governor Cuomo Releases Executive Budget
Governor Cuomo released the SFY 2019 executive budget on January 16th. Included is a re-appropriation of last year’s $2.5 billion 5 year housing and homelessness plan that includes funding for 6,000 units of supportive housing over 5 years. This specifically includes $950 million in capital funding and $124.5 million for service and operating expenses for the first 6,000 units over the next 5 years. Read more.
Federal Tax Reform Preserves PABs
Tax reform has now been passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. The Network has been focused primarily on the restoration of tax-exempt, private activity housing bonds (PABs), which were eliminated in the original House proposal. While the final bill will present challenges for supportive housing and its residents, we are happy to say that PABs were restored in the final version of the bill.  Read more.
Thorobird Companies & ACMH Break Ground on New Affordable/Supportive Housing Complex
State, city and local luminaries were on hand January 9th to break ground on a new three-building affordable/supportive housing project in the Mt. Hope section of the Bronx, a collaboration of Thorobird Companies and ACMH. Read more.
Getting to 35K: Network Holds Workshop on Developing with Tax Credits
On December 12th, the Network convened a workshop on nonprofit housing development. Twenty-four of our nonprofit members from New York City, Long Island, and downstate participated in the workshop titled: Financing a Tax Credit Deal , presented by Amy Larovere, President of A. Larovere Consulting, and Network Board member Oliver Chase, Partner at Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP. Read more
Helping Foster Youth Succeed Forum
Representatives from more than a dozen philanthropies came together on December 12th to hear from providers, young adults, and representatives from city government about the challenges young adults who are transitioning from foster care face in terms of finding and keeping housing. Part two of a series “Helping Foster Youth Succeed,” the panel was organized by the NYC Youth Funders (Katie Napolitano of the Tiger Foundation and Natasha Lifton of New York Community Trust spearheaded the event) and took place at Philanthropy New York.    Read more.

The Network Celebrates Tenant of the Year Nominees
Every year, the Network honors remarkable tenants at the Annual Awards Gala for their leadership and growth in supportive housing. Nominations this year were abundant and inspirational, so we decided to bring all tenant nominees together to share their stories, bond with other tenants and staff, and receive honorary certificates as a group.   Read more.
Network/CUCS Training on DSM-5 in Brooklyn
Overview of Psychiatric Disorders and the DSM-5
This training provides an updated overview of the major psychiatric disorders and offers a review of the most significant changes made between the DSM-IV and DSM-5. The training is accredited as a New York State Social Work Continuing Education Course.

Date: Wednesday, January 31
Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
Location: Center for Urban Community Services BROOKLYN TRAINING SITE , 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn (*between Hoyt and Smith Streets, Take the A, C, or G train to the Hoyt/Schermerhorn station, or F to Bergen Street or Jay Street/Metro Tech
You can register for this training here, and use the code SHNNY-DSM5-1-31-18 as the coupon code for your membership discount.

Keith M. Little was named SCO Family of Services’ new Executive Director as of January 1, succeeding Douglas O’Dell who stepped down after 27 years with the agency. Mr. Little most recently served as Executive Director at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families. Previously Mr. Little served as Associate Commissioner and Deputy Director at the New York State Office of Mental Health for two decades, in addition to senior level posts at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the New York City Department of Health. 

Jody Rudin was named Chief Operating Officer of Project Renewal and will be responsible for the operations of the organization, including overseeing its 16 shelters, transitional, and permanent housing developments and its medical, behavioral health, and employment services. Prior to joining Project Renewal, Ms. Rudin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Damian Family Care Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center with 15 locations. From 2003 to 2016 Ms. Rudin worked at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, first as Director, Entitlements and last as Deputy Commissioner, Adult Services.

Andrew Germansky joined Westhab, Inc. as Vice President of Real Estate Development in December. Mr. Germansky brings more than eight years of experience in the field, including the last seven years at Omni New York LLC where he was an Assistant Vice President of Development. Prior to joining Omni, Andrew worked for Forsyth Street Advisors.

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