Supportive Housing Network of NY

The Supportive Housing Network of New York (the Network) is a statewide membership organization that advocates for
permanent affordable housing tied to services for formerly homeless, disabled and at-risk families and individuals. Our more than 200 nonprofit members have created over 50,000 units of supportive housing throughout New York State.
Our members provide case management, clinical counseling, job training and referrals, medication management and other services to people living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness and other disabilities, youth aging out of foster care, homeless veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and other vulnerable populations. Ten full-time staff members carry out the Network’s mission: nine in our New York City office and two from our upstate office in Albany.

We have three main objectives:

  • Advocate at the federal, state and local level for policies, programs and resources that strengthen and expand supportive housing opportunities for homeless and at-risk New Yorkers;
  • Educate the public and elected officials about the positive impact of supportive housing on tenants and communities and
  • Provide our members with the training and technical assistance they need to develop and manage quality, affordable housing.

On any given day, Network staff members conduct research on legislation and analyze the impact of policies, develop and distribute materials to educate the public about supportive housing, meet with elected officials and government partners in New York City, Albany and Washington D.C., and share best practices with our nonprofit members collected across the supportive housing community. The Network has a rich history working with Princeton interns, who have enabled the Network to remain incredibly productive during the summer months. Having a PICS intern allows our organization to do more intensive research and policy analysis, two functions that are mostly done on an as-needed basis during the rest of the year to support urgent advocacy efforts. The Princeton intern does some of this research and analysis themselves, almost always having the opportunity to write or contribute to at least one policy brief, report and/or public testimony themselves. This allows the Network to reprioritize important, our longer-term initiatives that often get “back-burnered” during particularly hectic budget advocacy years. Having an additional team member also allows us to outreach to more of our members and colleagues for the ideas and data that drive our policy and advocacy agenda. As City, State and Federal governments struggle to close enormous budget deficits, more and more of our efforts must be directed at preserving and advocating for funding for supportive housing. Princeton interns focus their energies on dedicated projects and give us the ability to prioritize and move forward important initiatives: from updating our comprehensive funding guide detailing the financial streams that fund supportive housing to organizing grassroots advocacy efforts and conducting research to support our policy and advocacy agenda.

City/State

New York, NY

Internship Description

The Princeton intern will be involved in a number of important research, advocacy projects and key initiatives over the course of the summer and participate in two conferences and at least one national lobby day. The internship begins just before the Network's annual conference, offering the intern the opportunity to attend workshops on a myriad of current policies, trends and innovations in the industry. It's the largest supportive conference in the country with over 1,500 social service providers, developers, architects, advocates and others in attendance.
The PICS intern will also be starting in the midst of City budget advocacy season. As such, the intern will likely be assisting in the Network’s efforts to educate NYC City Council Members and local communities on supportive housing.
They will also assist in our efforts so that Council supports the creation of more supportive housing as well as inform them and educate them about the City's homeless policy priorities.

The intern will assist the policy staff in producing materials and organizing our members and tenants during our Lobby Day. The intern will also play a major role in organizing the Congressional Lobby Day associated with the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington D.C. which will take place in mid-July. The intern will take the lead in organizing a delegation of the conference attendees from New York to lobby their representatives on Capitol Hill. The intern will help develop materials, coordinate Congressional meetings and prepare attendees for the meetings with their Congress member(s). S/he will also participate in the meetings with the Congressional Members. There will also be at least one policy forum or roundtable that the intern will help organize. S/he will staff and support several of the Network regular monthly membership meetings. These meetings and policy events are typically used to kick start research and advocacy efforts around the topic with the goal of obtaining more funding and/or better policies. The intern will help organize and attend the discussion and assist in the research and advocacy efforts leading up to and after the meetings.

The intern will also assist in the Network's work to increase supportive housing for specific underserved populations, youth aging out of foster care, homeless youth and families. Currently most supportive housing is for single adults even though three-quarters of the residents in the City's homeless shelter system are families with children. Additionally, an estimated 800 youth exit the foster care system each year in New York City with nearly a quarter ending up homeless within three years of leaving foster care. The Network is in the middle of a multi-year initiative to bring much needed attention to this deficit of housing and generate the discussion and policy changes that are needed to create more supportive housing for these vulnerable populations. The intern will help organize and attend meetings, conduct research, and participate in advocacy efforts to gain government commitments for this housing.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 5/30-8/8/2022 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

In the past, Princeton interns have organized their own housing arrangements or used NYU or other college dorm summer housing. There is also a possibility that the internship will be remote.

Internship Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • The intern will spend a lot of time reaching out to our members and government partners to gather information that supports our advocacy work. Therefore s/he must have strong communications skills and the ability to quickly absorb and synthesize new information.
  • someone with excellent writing skills that can take the lead on newsletter articles, letters to legislators and other writing projects that help get our message out to and for the supportive housing community.
  • should also have some experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • have an interest in progressive social policy and a commitment to learning more about homelessness and low-income housing.
  • must also have keen attention to detail and the ability to work independently. While we work together closely as a team at the Network, interns receive opportunities to take the lead on projects in a supportive environment from the moment they arrive for their internship.
  • A familiarity with Google and Microsoft suites will be required.

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience with survey design and using a database in Microsoft Access is a plus as is proficiency with spreadsheets.

Writing Sample Required

  • 1-2 page paper of candidate's choosing.

Special Requirements

  • The intern should be prepped on supportive housing and homelessness in NYC and across the state.
  • Some local travel required.