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A08088 Summary:

Amd §94-b, Exec L
Relates to services available to immigrants residing in certain family and adult shelter facilities; requires the office of New Americans to establish a program to deliver comprehensive case management services to immigrants residing in certain shelters.
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A08088 Actions:

09/29/2023referred to governmental operations
01/03/2024referred to governmental operations
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A08088 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Forrest
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to services available to immigrants residing in certain family and adult shelter facilities   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will require that the Office of New Americans establish a program tc offer social services needed to assist asylum seekers in integrating into New York communities within shelter facilities   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends paragraph (m) and (n) of subdivision 5 of 94-b of the executive law and adds a new paragraph (o) requiring the Office of New Americans to implement a program to deliver comprehensive case manage- ment services to immigrants in shelter facilities and to report on the results of such a program. Section 2 sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: It is essential to the successful integration of new asylum seekers into New York State that they receive case management services including ESOL courses, legal assistance, workforce training, and referral to relevant programs, among others. These services should be made as accessible as possible to immigrant individuals most in need of them. The Office of New Americans has extensive experience providing such services through its Opportunity Centers and has cultivated an expert network of community-based organizations who have expertise in doing so, yet they are currently being underutilized as resources to aid in the integration of a sudden surge of asylum seekers. This bill would bring the services offered in the Opportunity Centers into shelters, where many asylum seekers are being directed to stay. This will allow asylum seekers to more easily access these essential services, and position providers to best deliver them.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE BASTORY: None   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: TBD   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
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A08088 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                   September 29, 2023
        Introduced  by M. of A. FORREST -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Governmental Operations
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to services available  to
          immigrants residing in certain family and adult shelter facilities
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Paragraphs (m) and (n) of subdivision 5 of section 94-b  of
     2  the  executive  law,  as  added  by chapter 206 of the laws of 2014, are
     3  amended and a new paragraph (o) is added to read as follows:
     4    (m) Encourage and assist  local  governments  in  the  development  of
     5  activities to enhance civic engagement among immigrants and in immigrant
     6  communities; [and]
     7    (n) Beginning in two thousand fifteen, by June fifteenth of each year,
     8  produce  a  report to the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and the
     9  temporary president of the  senate  describing  the  activities  of  the
    10  office, including but not limited to, summarizing calls received through
    11  the  hotline and website, information on ESOL training services provided
    12  by the office, the number of immigrants assisted through the opportunity
    13  centers and within shelters, or an estimation  thereof,  information  on
    14  services  provided within shelters, the status of any workforce develop-
    15  ment programs, and any other relevant information[.]; and
    16    (o) Subject to available appropriations, establish a program to deliv-
    17  er comprehensive case management  services  to  immigrants  residing  in
    18  family and adult shelter facilities operated within the state by a local
    19  government  or provider under contract or similar agreement with a state
    20  agency or a local government.
    21    (i) Such program shall contract with established community-based  not-
    22  for-profit   corporations,  charitable  organizations,  or  wholly-owned
    23  subsidiaries of a not-for-profit corporation or of a  charitable  organ-
    24  ization that has a documented history of assisting immigrant individuals
    25  and has at least three years experience providing services to such indi-
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  viduals   including, but not limited to, ESOL services, legal assistance
     2  related to obtaining asylum or other documented statuses, naturalization
     3  programs, workforce development programs, and referral to  other  appro-
     4  priate social services and programs.
     5    (ii)  Services  offered  by  such a program shall be with the explicit
     6  goal of transitioning immigrants out of shelter facilities  into  stable
     7  long-term living arrangements.
     8    (iii) For the purposes of carrying out such a program, providers shall
     9  be  given  access to shelter facilities and individuals who are residing
    10  therein, as well as access to a permanent space within  or  adjacent  to
    11  such facilities which shall serve as an office and resource center.
    12    (iv)  Operators of facilities shall collaborate with contracted organ-
    13  izations and prioritize  provider's  recommendations  regarding  how  to
    14  better  integrate  case management and services into their current oper-
    15  ations and shall cooperate with providers to the maximal  extent  possi-
    16  ble.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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