New York State 2021 Executive Budget Analysis
On January 21st, Governor Cuomo released the  SFY 2021 Executive Budget . Here is our first analysis of the various budget areas important to the supportive housing community. 

Join us February 24th for Network Lobby Day
Join us for the Supportive Housing Network of New York's annual Lobby Day in Albany February 24th. In addition to meeting with state legislators and their staff about issues critical to the supportive housing community, this year the Network and our members are hosting an all-day presentation in The Well in the Legislative Office Building. We'll take this opportunity to educate staff, legislators and passers-by about supportive housing -- with posters, flyers and 'ambassadors.

For more information contact Steve Piasecki .
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens Breaks Ground on Loreto Apartments
On January 9th, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens gathered Buddhist and Catholic faith leaders with government partners, elected officials, and members of the community on former church grounds for the Loreto Apartments groundbreaking.

Unique People Services Breaks Ground on 2050 Grand Concourse
On January 16th, elected officials, funding partners, and community members joined Unique People Services (UPS) for the groundbreaking of 2050 Grand Concourse. The development will have 96 affordable and supportive units for formerly homeless individuals with special needs as well as low-income individuals.

Encourage Tenants to Apply to Be Census Takers
The Census Bureau is hiring temporary employees to help conduct the 2020 Census. Please share with your tenants! This is a great opportunity to earn up to $28/hr while working in their local neighborhood. Most positions are expected to last four to eight weeks and have schedules of between 20 and 35 hours per week. Income received from temporary employment with the U.S. Census Bureau continues to be excluded for individuals with ADC-R and the SSI-R Medicaid, Temporary Assistance, SNAP, and HEAP.

Folks can apply online at . No experience is necessary and trainings are paid. 

If you’re interested in setting up a seminar at your organization or residence, you can contact your Regional Census Center at [email protected] .
HPD Releases Where We Live NYC Draft Plan
Earlier in the month, the city's Housing Preservation and Development Department released a draft of “ Where We Live NYC, ” a report outlining a five year plan that attempts to address the effects of decades of discriminatory housing policies.

The Network and many of our members participated in the drafting of the plan, which provides an overview of the fair housing challenges New York City faces and proposes goals and strategies to address those challenges.

The City is now seeking feedback on the plan – community members are invited to submit comments to [email protected] by March 7th or provide testimony at a public hearing on February 6th . HPD is also hosting a Listening Tour with interactive installations where visitors are invited to provide input on the plan. 
Recently Released RFPs
CUCS Institute has tailored this year's trainings to the supportive housing community's needs. All are available to Network members at discounted rates ($80 for full-day trainings as opposed to $100).

  • February 19, Suicide Assessment and Prevention Training

Nikki Vega Joins the Network
Nikki Vega (pronouns: they/them) is the new part-time Program Associate at the Network. Over the last three years, Nikki has worked primarily as a queer advocate within community based organizations, such as the Ali Forney Center, the LGBT Center, and most recently, Translatinx Network – with a focus on workforce development and economic empowerment for TGNC communities.

Before devoting their full-time to social work, they worked primarily in the performing arts, developing and supporting QTPOC-centered theater works.

You can reach them at [email protected].
Comings & Goings
  • Christina Byrne is the new Executive Director of St. Francis Friends of the Poor.
  • Claire Hilger is the new Chief Operating Officer at West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing.
If your organization has an open job listing, don't forget you can post on the Network's publicly visible Job Board ! Only nonprofit members can post, after registering for online login information .
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