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Supportive Housing Network criticizes state budget for overlooking critical needs

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The Supportive Housing Network of New York expressed strong disappointment in the 2024-25 state budget, noting a lack of financial updates for the struggling New York State Supportive Housing Program (NYSSHP). The final budget failed to increase funding for approximately 9,000 at-risk supportive housing units, missing a chance to better support New York’s vulnerable populations.


Additionally, the budget did not include social services employees in NYSSHP-funded programs in the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that other state employees received. This oversight further highlighted the existing disparities within essential services, according to the network’s response.

Despite setbacks, the network acknowledged the efforts of state Senate and Assembly members who advocated for a $32 million funding proposal aimed at transitioning NYSSHP units to the more robust Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). The network vowed to continue its advocacy, emphasizing the urgency of addressing homelessness and improving supportive housing statewide.