Emergency Shelter Network

New Yorkers Coming Together To Help Those In Need For More Than 30 Years

The Emergency Shelter Network of Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Inc. (ESN-NYC) is a non-profit devoted to aiding, supporting and representing its members: a coalition of shelters, operated primarily by volunteers, serving homeless adult individuals throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

We are proud members of the Human Services Council and the Homeless Services United.


The Emergency Shelter Network of Faith-Based and Community Organizations (ESN-NYC) is teaming up with Community Access, a pioneer of supportive Housing and Social Services in NYC, and leading advocate in Human Rights, Social Justice, and Economic Opportunities for people with mental health concerns, to call the Governor, urging him to get the Housing Memorandum of Understanding for the Campaign 4 NY/NY done and release the funding for the supportive and affordable housing 5 year plan now.  


The Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing asks that Governor Cuomo launch a new statewide supportive housing program consisting of 35,000 units to be created in partnership with New York City and localities across the state with large and growing homeless populations over the next ten years. This new statewide commitment to supportive housing should prioritize homeless people, and target high users of multiple systems, including vulnerable families and youth, survivors of domestic violence and those exiting institutions.


The Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing is organizing a call-in campaign on Thursday, February 16th to the Governor’s office. It should take less than one minute and will make a big difference in our overall advocacy. Please see instructions below:

1.            Call 518-474-1041. It is a recorded number which gives options.

2.            Press “1” immediately and leave a message.  Otherwise you will have to listen to the menu of options.

3.            Message to Leave:

“We urge Governor Cuomo to get the housing MOU DONE NOW. He made this promise more than a year ago. Over 80,000 people are homeless across the state. Every day that passes without an MOU is another day that people live in the streets and in shelters. We need the Governor to fulfill his promise and get the MOU signed now.”


We appreciate all the work you do!

As you know, Governor Cuomo committed to develop 20,000 units of supportive housing over fifteen years at last year’s State of the State Address. His 2016 executive budget included a five-year $2 billion housing and homelessness plan that included the first 6,000 supportive housing units. However, at the end of the last legislative session in June, the Governor and Legislative leaders only signed off on a $150 million Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 1,200 units of supportive housing.  The rest of the $1.82 billion has been the subject of a still unresolved MOU.  Even though the Governor’s new budget removes the MOU language, there is nothing preventing this MOU from being signed now or any time before a new budget is enacted in April.

As a community, we must work together to urge our leaders to find a solution now.

The homeless men, women, and children across the state can not afford to wait for another round of negotiations.




Carla Rabinowitz

Advocacy Coordinator

Community Access

2 Washington Street, 9th Floor

New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212.780.1400 x7726

Fax: 212.780.1404