Provides that programs or activities relating to housing which receive federal financial assistance shall comply with Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
BILL NUMBER: S1533
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the public housing law, in relation to requiring any program or activity relating to housing which receives federal financial assistance to comply with the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973
PURPOSE : To ensure that housing protections offered to people with disabilities under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act are also offered, and therefore enforceable, on the state level as well.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section one amends the public housing law by adding a new section 223-c to require any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance to adhere to requirements set forth in Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act and its implementing regulations as it pertains to housing.
Section two defines the enactment date.
JUSTIFICATION : New York's disability advocates have identified a lack of enforcement of Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act in New York State. Specifically, advocates have noted that some single and multi-family projects that have received federal monies through the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), local participating jurisdictions and the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) are not in compliance with Section 504. Even in circumstances where these federally-funded projects have been in architectural compliance, developers who have accepted federal funds have not marketed the accessible units to eligible individuals with disabilities.
Some funding agencies have asserted that compliance with the state building code is sufficient to demonstrate compliance with Section 504. However, because these codes provide architectural standards and do not contain the set aside and marketing requirements of Section 504, adherence to these codes does not equate to compliance with the regulatory provisions of Section 504. Legislation to incorporate Section 504 into state law would greatly assist in the enforcement of these provisions in New York State. The incorporation of Section 504 and the clarification of enforcement responsibility in state law would assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining accessible housing by ensuring that accessible units are built and are occupied by those who need them.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : S.4933A of 2006 - Reported to Rules S.3956A of 2007 & 2008 - Reported to Rules
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the State
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1533 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 2, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. MORAHAN, VOLKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the public housing law, in relation to requiring any program or activity relating to housing which receives federal finan- cial assistance to comply with the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The public housing law is amended by adding a new section 223-c to read as follows: S 223-C. NON-DISCRIMINATION UNDER PROJECTS RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSIST- ANCE. 1. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION THE TERMS "PROGRAM OR ACTIV- ITY" AND "FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS PROVIDED IN THE FEDERAL REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 AND ITS IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS. 2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, ANY PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY RELATING TO HOUSING WHICH RECEIVES FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSIST- ANCE SHALL COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN SECTION FIVE HUNDRED FOUR OF THE FEDERAL REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 AS AMENDED. 3. THE DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL AND ALL OTHER AGEN- CIES, AUTHORITIES, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTALITIES OF THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT WHICH DISTRIBUTE OR ADMINISTER FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHALL APPLY AND ENFORCE THE PROVISION OF THIS SECTION AND SHALL AMEND ALL APPLICABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS ACCORDINGLY. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05996-01-9