Take Advantage of the Major NYS Supportive Housing Initiative!

In early 2016, Governor Cuomo proposed a historic commitment to combat homelessness through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative with $2.6 billion for Operating and Support Services to fund 6,000 new supportive beds over a five-year period.

New York is investing in these resources to specifically address vulnerable populations with special needs, conditions or other life challenges, including individuals and families in recovery who are at risk of homelessness.

The First Round RFP was released in June 2016 with a total of 1,200 units to be developed in 2016, at up to $25,000 per unit. It is expected that the Second Round RFP will be released in June 2017.

What You Need to Know

  • Voluntary agencies must secure Capital funding for their Supportive Housing Projects within six months of receiving their award for Operating monies.
  • Critical components of any project funded under this plan must include availability of and access to various support services such as employment and training opportunities, parenting, counseling, independent living skills training, primary healthcare, substance disorder treatment and mental health care, child care, and benefits advocacy.

In response to this major opportunity for New York State housing providers, SAE & Associates has assembled a team of leading professionals who can assist in the conceptualization and planning of programmatic services as well as capital funding procurement critical to this initiative. Stay tuned, as you will also be hearing from our team as we release resource guidance that will help you with crucial insights to take advantage of this historic commitment. 

For more information on how we can help you in this arena, feel free to call us at (212)-684-4480 or email sestrine@saeassociates.com.


Introducing our Team

Marcia B. Holman, MA, MSW, is the former Vice President of Operations for The Post-Graduate Center in New York City where she held the position for 15 years. In her career, Marcia has held leadership positions in both hospitals and community-based behavioral health organizations. Her areas of competence include program development and operations, geriatrics, integration of health and behavioral health services and training. In addition, she has been involved in Medicaid redesign, DSRIP, the implementation of clinical pathways, performance improvement and financial sustainability.

William Panepinto, LMSW, has an over 30-year history of government and consultation experience serving non-profits targeting vulnerable homeless populations and individuals with substance abuse issues. His career has included ten years of treatment experience and 25 years of state government work with OASAS. At OASAS, he brought addiction specialty care to Community Health Centers and NYC Homeless Shelters in the 1980s, and HUD Shelter Plus Care Homeless Permanent Housing grants to NYS communities in the 1990s. Under his leadership as the first Director of Bureau of Housing Services for OASAS from 2007 to 2013, the agency’s Housing Portfolio increased from 850 units in NYC and ten other counties, to over 2,200 units in NYC and thirty additional counties. Recently, Bill designed the OASAS New York/New York III Homeless Initiative for Single Adults and for Families, and the OASAS MRT Supportive Housing Initiative. 

Craig Stanley is the Founder & CEO of CBO Financial providing technical assistance and financing to developers and business operators seeking to finance and build projects in low income communities nationwide, with a focus on job-creating bioscience businesses and social service oriented nonprofit organizations that provide critical services to low income communities. Under Craig’s direction, CBO Financial provides organizations with technical assistance services that include project planning, site selection, financing, permit processing, contractor bidding process, and construction management. As evidence of its demonstrated history of success, the U.S. Treasury Department has awarded a CBO Financial subsidiary, known as Community Development Funding, LLC, $150 million in authority under the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program.

Sam Tsemberis, PhD, began working with people who are homeless with complex needs in the late 1980’s as the Director of New York City’s Homeless Emergency Homeless Outreach Program. In 1992, he founded Pathways to Housing, and there he developed the Pathways Housing First (HF) model. Housing First has proven highly effective in providing housing stability and improving the quality of life for individuals with complex needs. It is listed on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence Based programs. Beginning in 2003, Dr. Tsemberis founded Pathways agencies in DC, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. In 2013, he started Pathways Housing First in Canada working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to implement Pathways HF programs across Canada. Pathways and Dr. Tsemberis also worked closely with the U.S. Veterans Administration’s on their national initiative to use HF to end homelessness for veterans. He serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, at Columbia University Medical Center, and published numerous articles and two books about homelessness, mental illness, and addiction.