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A09672 Summary:

BILL NOA09672
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORHevesi
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 131-u, Soc Serv L
 
Authorizes certain shelters for victims of domestic violence to be reimbursed for any payment differential for housing a single individual in a room intended for double occupancy.
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A09672 Actions:

BILL NOA09672
 
01/31/2018referred to social services
02/12/2018reported referred to ways and means
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A09672 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9672             Revised 2/2/18
 
SPONSOR: Hevesi
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to authorizing certain shelters to be reimbursed for housing a single individual in a room intended for double occupancy   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will provide temporary housing assistance to a single individ- ual who meets the residential program providers' eligibility require- ments for victims of domestic violence as defined in section four hundred fifty-nine-a of the ,social services law, while allowing the program provider to be reimbursed by New York State for any payment differential for housing a single individual in a room intended for double occupancy in order to address the system-wide lack of shelter for single adults.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill will provide temporary housing assistance to a single individ- ual who meets the residential program providers' eligibility require- ments for victims of domestic violence as defined in section four hundred fifty-nine-a of the social services law, while allowing the program provider to be reimbursed by New York State for any payment differential for housing a single individual in a room intended for double occupancy in order to address the system-wide lack of shelter for single adults.   JUSTIFICATION: The domestic violence emergency shelter system was originally created to provide short-term respite for victims of domestic violence and their families who were fleeing imminent danger. All across New York State, but particularly in New York City, domestic violence shelters were created over several decades to house families rather than single adults. Non-profit providers who operate these shelters are reimbursed by the State (OCFS) per person per night. This reimbursement from the State is supposed to cover the entire cost of operating those shelters, including rent, utilities, staffing, insur- ance, and other inflationary factors. Any reduction in this reimburse- ment severely impacts the ability of the provider to cover the cost of operating the shelter. As a result, domestic violence emergency shelter providers have major financial disincentives to "downsize" a room/apartment in order to accommodate a smaller family size, including most prominently single adult victims of domestic violence, human traf- ficking, and sexual assault. As a result, single adult victims of these and other crimes have a much more difficult time trying to access domes- tic violence emergency shelters, and instead may be forced to remain in an unsafe situation. This legislation will require the State to preserve the full reimbursement to providers who "downsize" a room configured for a family of two to accommodate a single adult victim of violence, and will therefore help increase system-wide capacity for single adults who otherwise faced serious obstacles to accessing this shelter system.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately..
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A09672 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9672
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 31, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced by M. of A. HEVESI -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Social Services
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  social services law, in relation to authorizing
          certain shelters to be reimbursed for housing a single individual in a
          room intended for double occupancy
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Section  131-u  of  the social services law is amended by
     2  adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
     3    3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law  to  the  contrary,  any
     4  residential  program  for  victims  of  domestic violence, as defined in
     5  section four hundred fifty-nine-a of this chapter, which provides tempo-
     6  rary housing assistance to a single individual who meets such  program's
     7  necessary  eligibility requirements, shall be reimbursed for any payment
     8  differential for housing a single individual  in  a  room  intended  for
     9  double occupancy.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14484-01-8
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