Supportive Housing Network of NY

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Supportive Housing Network of NY


New York, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Amanda Glatt '19, Marcia Brown '19, Rebecca Sobel '19

Organization Description
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 polices, 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 long and 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 or briefing document  themselves. This allows the Network to re-prioritize important, longer-term initiatives that often get “back-burnered” during particularly hectic budget advocacy season. 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.

Internship Description
 The Princeton intern 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 large 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.

We anticipate that 2019 will be an exciting and productive year for the supportive housing community primarily due to the implementation of both the City and the State's large new commitments of 35,000 new units of supportive housing.

The PICS intern will 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 round-table 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. S/he will assist in the research and advocacy efforts leading up to and after the meetings.

Internship Qualifications
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. We prefer 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. S/he should also have some experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The intern must have an interest in progressive social policy and a commitment to learning more about homelessness and low-income housing. The intern 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.

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

**Writing sample required: Writing samples can be from past assignments or articles, policy briefs or memos written for prior internships. It can also be a brief essay on why they are interested in this particular internship or any of the issue areas we focus on in our work. Approx. 500 words.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
There is no specific preparation work other than having to read some possible articles on the federal housing budget that may be sent out a week or two in advance of the internship.

In the past Princeton inters have made their own private housing arrangements or used NYU, Columbia, or other college dorm summer housing. 

**Writing sample required: Writing samples can be from past assignments or articles, policy briefs or memos written for prior internships. It can also be a brief essay on why they are interested in this particular internship or any of the issue areas we focus on in our work. Approx. 500 words.

Evaluation Excerpt

The strengths of the project and organization is the diversity of tasks you are given throughout the summer – as well as the level of independence you are expected to have. Not only must you accomplish these tasks, but you also must be able and willing to go out into the city to get to meetings and not be afraid to show up to brand new places knowing no faces. 
—Marcia Brown '19

The most rewarding aspect of the internship was participating in this advocacy and seeing the real-world fruits of what I study in the classroom. —Amanda Glatt '19

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


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