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Homes and Community Renewal

Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Government Relations

The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) serves as the Agency's primary liaison to elected officials at all levels of government. IGA facilitates DHCR's interaction with the State Legislature, Congress, partner agencies, associations, councils, coalitions, and advocacy groups to promote housing priorities.

The Office is responsible for advancing DHCR's State and federal legislative agendas, framing and communicating positions on bills before the State Legislature and Congress, as well as assisting elected officials with constituent services related to housing.

Consolidated Plan

IGA oversees development of New York State's Consolidated Planning process, which establishes the State's proposed priorities, strategies and actions to address affordable housing needs, in order to secure federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Home Investments Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs.

The Plan is developed under the advice of the New York State Task Force on the National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) and Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC). The NAHA Task Force is comprised of State agency representatives. The PAC is comprised of community-based and statewide organizations working to promote affordable housing. A series of public comment periods are held statewide to solicit input.

New York State's Consolidated Plan for 2011-2015 and the Annual Action Plan for 2011 is approved. The Annual Action Plan and Performance Report are filed with HUD on November 15th and March 31st respectively. Both are available on our Publications page.

Special Needs Housing

IGA participates in a variety of interagency forums to increase housing opportunities for people with special needs to live independently in the community of their choice. DHCR serves on the Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council (MISCC) and leads the MISCC Housing Workgroup. The MISCC is charged with developing and overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive statewide plan for providing services to disabled individuals in the most integrated setting. DHCR chairs the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Housing Task Force comprised of State agencies and other stakeholders with the goal of addressing housing related barriers to community reintegration. DHCR also participates on the Real Choice Systems Change, Systems Transformation Task Force. These collaborative efforts ensure the State is making effective and enduring improvements in community-based long-term care and support systems for seniors and people with disabilities.

DHCR is a member of the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council which collaborates on new ways to improve the delivery of supportive services to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

New York/New York III Supportive Housing Agreement

The NY/NY III agreement between New York State and New York City is targeted to provide an additional 9,000 supportive housing units by 2016 for individuals and families who are living on the streets or in emergency shelters in New York City. The primary goals of the agreement are to prevent homelessness, reduce the period of homelessness, and increase independence.

IGA serves as a member of the State/City Oversight Committee responsible for coordinating efforts with other units of State and City government, as well as facilitating the Agency's implementation and monitoring efforts to achieve DHCR's targets under the agreement.

The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) oversees a free service provided by New York State to make advertising and searching for affordable housing easier and more efficient. Thousands of listings located throughout the State are featured on the site and users may search and list properties for free. The service is also available through a toll-free bi-lingual call center at 1-877-428-8844. is a collaborative effort between the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, Department of Health, and New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities. The site is maintained by (, a national non-profit provider of housing locator services. The Center for Independence of the Disabled of New York is under contract to assist with marketing the site to the disability community throughout New York State.

Last Updated: 3/23/11