A04693 Summary:

MLTSPNSRBrennan, 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.
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A04693 Actions:

02/05/2015referred to social services
01/06/2016referred to social services
03/03/2016enacting clause stricken
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A04693 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  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 legis- lature 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.   JUSTIFICATION: 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: None   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Negligible.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one-hundred twentieth day after it becomes law.
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A04693 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    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    § 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
    14  destroyed.
    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    § 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.
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