Primary Care

Grantee Name

Corporation for Supportive Housing

Funding Area

Primary Care

Publication Date

June 2016

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 2015–December 2015

Supportive housing—housing coupled with appropriate individual-based services—is an innovative and cost-effective model of care designed to provide an integrated solution for both housing and health care needs.

From 2012–2015, the New York State Department of Health invested more than $260 million of Medicaid State savings into supportive housing programs targeted at New York’s high-cost Medicaid members. However, the allocation and determination of these funds were largely based off of key stakeholder assumptions of where the greatest needs lie, but not necessarily based on data—at the time, no statewide centralized clearinghouse of data on the homeless population existed. To create a uniform, non-duplicative data system to estimate supportive housing needs at the regional and statewide level, NYHealth awarded the Corporation for Supportive Housing a grant to conduct an assessment of homelessness in different geographic areas of New York State. The data analyzed would allow the State to make educated decisions when determining supportive housing funding allocations and better match resources to need.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Identified 8 communities across 7 regions in New York State, including New York City, that accounted for nearly 95% of the State’s total homeless population in 2013;
  • Developed a model to estimate supportive housing needs in the State and the number of supportive housing units that must be created to meet that need by region;
  • Worked with more than 100 stakeholders from all regions to gather input and data, including more than 30 State and local government agencies;
  • Published findings in a report, “Real Supportive Housing Need in New York State,” which detailed the greatest concentration of need for housing advocates and policymakers—estimating that 31,000 units of supportive housing would be needed to meet current needs in New York State;
  • Garnered extensive press coverage of the report, resulting in more than 10 articles/television reports and letters-to-the-editor, including in Times UnionNew York Daily NewsWall Street JournalPolitico/Capital New York, and Newsday; and
  • Convened meetings and shared report recommendations with the State agencies (Department of Health; Office of Mental Health; Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; and Homes and Community Renewal) and City agencies (Human Resources Administration; Department of Homeless Services; Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Housing Preservation and Development; Office of Management and Budget; Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; and Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence).

The report helped inform new State and City plans for building a combined 35,000 supportive housing units. In November 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to build 15,000 units in New York City over 15 years. Governor Cuomo announced in January 2016 that the State would create 20,000 units of supportive housing, with 6,000 units over the next 5 years.

Co-Funding and Additional Funds Leveraged: The Robin Hood Foundation contributed $25,000 to this project.