A08900 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
Add §131-cc, Soc Serv L
Requires shelter allowances be set at up to one hundred percent of the fair market rent for the local social services district.
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A08900 Actions:

01/19/2022referred to social services
03/17/2022amend and recommit to social services
03/17/2022print number 8900a
03/22/2022reported referred to ways and means
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A08900 Committee Votes:

SOCIAL SERVICES Chair:Rosenthal L DATE:03/22/2022AYE/NAY:13/5 Action: Favorable refer to committee Ways and Means
Rosenthal L AyeSimpsonNay
Rosenthal D Aye
De Los SantosAye

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A08900 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A08900 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring shel- ter allowances be set at up to one hundred percent of the fair market rent for the local social services district   PURPOSE: This bill would ensure that individuals can access safe and stable hous- ing by ensuring those receiving shelter allowances may receive up to 100% of the fair market rent for their area.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the social services law by adding a new section 131- cc. Section two establishes the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Individuals receiving temporary assistance are provided with a monthly shelter allowance that can be used to cover their housing costs. The shelter allowance varies depending on household size, county of resi- dence and other factors and is based on a schedule set by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (01DA). However, the allowance amounts have not been updated in recent years and are inadequate to cover the actual cost of housing in New York State. The shelter allow- ance for adult-only households was last increased in 1988; for house- holds with children the shelter allowance was last increased in 2003. As a result, a three-person household with children in Essex County, for example, would be eligible to receive a maximum shelter allowance of $268 per month, while the fair market rent for a two-bedroom home in Essex county is $844. The fair market rent, an amount determined annually by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is already used to deter- mine allowances for numerous other housing subsidy and benefits programs. In 2021, legislation was signed into law to increase the New York State Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS) program voucher to 100% of fair market rent, providing families at risk of homelessness with a voucher that more closely reflects the actual cost of housing in their area. The shelter allowance amounts, as determined by IDA, are no longer adequate and are forcing families to use other allowances that should cover food and other necessities to help cover their housing costs. This legislation would help reduce housing instability and homelessness by allowing shelter allowances to cover up to 100% of fair market rent for the individual's area.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: 30 days.
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A08900 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 19, 2022
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Social Services -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN  ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to requiring shel-
          ter allowances be set at up to one hundred percent of the fair  market
          rent for the local social services district

          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  131-cc to read as follows:
     3    §  131-cc.  Shelter allowances. Notwithstanding any other provision of
     4  law to the contrary, local social services districts shall pay the shel-
     5  ter allowance equal to the actual rent obligation of  recipients  up  to
     6  one  hundred  percent of the current United States department of housing
     7  and urban development's fair market rent as of the date of  issuance  of
     8  the  shelter  allowance to the recipient for the corresponding unit size
     9  in the district in which the recipient resides.
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
    11  have become a law.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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A08900 LFIN:

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A08900 Chamber Video/Transcript:

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