Build Back Better Act Framework has $150 Billion for Affordable Housing
On October 28th, President Biden announced the framework for the Build Back Better Act, which includes the largest one-time investment in affordable housing in our nation’s history. We are happy to report that our top priorities are included, with $20 billion for new rental assistance and $15 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund. While the Build Back Better Act must still be passed in both the House and Senate, this is definitely a positive step and the result of all of your advocacy these last months. Thank you, and let’s all keep advocating until the Build Back Better Act is passed!
HSC Launches #JustPay Campaign
The Human Services Council launched the #JustPay Campaign, dedicated to “fighting to end government-sanctioned poverty wages for human services workers.” The campaign launched on Monday, October 25th with a week of action targeting the Mayor’s office, City Council, the Governor and incoming City Council members. Currently, the campaign is urging the City to include a 3% COLA in the November Budget Modification.

Network Testifies Before Assembly Housing Hearing
On October 27th, Executive Director Laura Mascuch provided the Network’s testimony at the New York State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Housing’s public hearing.  

Housing Visions Opens Winston Gaskin Homes in Syracuse
On Monday, October 25th, Housing Visions, the YWCA of Syracuse and partners gathered to celebrate the opening of the Winston Gaskin Homes, a preservation project that rehabilitated 20 buildings on Syracuse’s east side. 

Arthur Avenue Apartments in the Bronx Opens
Friends, partners and elected gathered on the terrace of the new Arthur Avenue Apartments in the Bronx to celebrate the opening of the new affordable/supportive building, now home to 176 low-income seniors including 54 who had been homeless. 

Thank You for Joining Our Virtual Awards Gala!
Thank you to all who joined us for our 2021 Virtual Awards Gala. We were thrilled to celebrate our wonderful supportive housing community and proud to honor Lamb Insurance – Community Champions; celebrate a Year in Review and our Outstanding Tenants of the Year: Jailynn-Joanna Henderson and Kevin Cope. We were also delighted to see you all at our After Parties!

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a contentious topic of discussion over the past year, though many people don’t understand the origins of the theory and how it is applied in policy, legal, and historical contexts.

Comings & Goings
Jody Rudin took over as President and CEO of Institute for Community Living October 1st.
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