BILL NO A04693
SAME AS No same as
SPONSOR Clark (MS)
MLTSPNSR Brennan, Cook, Perry
Add S43-a, Soc Serv L
Requires data collection on homeless persons served by a homeless project
including reasons why such person becomes homeless and enters a homeless
facility; requires annual report be made to governor and legislature.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the social services law, in relation to data
collection on certain homeless persons
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The purpose of this bill is to determine why the majority of homeless
persons become homeless. A report will be generated for both the
legislature and the governor with detailed conclusions and
recommendations drawn there from.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Provides for data collection services to determine why homeless
persons become homeless.
To determine why homeless persons become homeless, one must go
directly to the source. Homeless persons themselves are the most
accurate source of information to make a precise determination as to
why homelessness persists. Once a cause for homelessness has been
determined, a course of action can be set.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This act shall take effect on the one-hundred twentieth day after it
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
February 5, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. CLARK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. BRENNAN,
COOK, PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Social
AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to data collection
on certain homeless persons
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
2 43-a to read as follows:
3 S 43-A. DATA COLLECTION ON CERTAIN HOMELESS PERSONS. 1. A HOMELESS
4 PERSON WHO IS SERVED BY A HOMELESS PROJECT, AS DEFINED IN SECTION
5 FORTY-TWO OF THIS ARTICLE, SHALL BE IDENTIFIED BY HIS OR HER SOCIAL
6 SECURITY NUMBER OR, IN THE CASE OF A HOMELESS STUDENT WHO DOES NOT HAVE
7 A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, BY HIS OR HER STUDENT IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.
8 SUCH IDENTIFICATION NUMBER SHALL BE USED FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF
9 COLLECTING ANONYMOUS DATA, INCLUDING THE REASONS SUCH PERSON BECOMES
10 HOMELESS AND FIRST ENTERS A HOMELESS FACILITY; THE VARIOUS FACILITIES
11 SUCH PERSON RESIDES IN DURING THE COURSE OF HIS OR HER PERIOD OF HOME-
12 LESSNESS; AND THE LENGTH OF TIME FROM ORIGINALLY BECOMING HOMELESS UNTIL
13 SECURING PERMANENT HOUSING, AT WHICH TIME SUCH NUMBER SHALL BE
15 2. THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSIST-
16 ANCE SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE
17 PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL REPORT ANNUALLY
18 TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE REGARDING THE DATA GATHERED PURSUANT
19 TO THIS SECTION AND ANY CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS DRAWN THEREFROM.
20 S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
21 it shall have become a law; provided, however, that the office of tempo-
22 rary and disability assistance shall promulgate rules and regulations
23 necessary to effectuate the provisions of this act prior to such date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.