Requires social services districts to establish a homeless housing task force for purposes of developing a ten year plan and guidelines to address long-term and short-term housing.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation by each social services district of a homeless housing task force
PURPOSE: To create 10-year task forces in each local social services district to address long-term and short-term housing for homeless persons in their counties.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new section (§50-a) is added to create homelessness task forces for the 58 local services districts (one for each county outside of New York City and one for New York City). The task force will consist of members of the community such as representatives of the counties, towns and communities, human services providers, emergency health care providers, a homeless or formerly homeless individual, etc. The task force may then offer recommendations or guidelines regarding the allocation of funds received from any public or private source.
JUSTIFICATION: The need to address homelessness in New York State has increased dramatically. These 10-year homeless housing task forces are needed in order to alleviate homelessness by addressing the long-term and short-term housing for homeless persons. After determining the cause of homelessness in each service district, the task force will be able to make suggestions and set guidelines to reduce or alleviate homelessness. Currently, the centralized decision making process of funding distribution and determining homelessness need assistance by a single commissioner is neither efficient or accurate. This law would give the power of fighting homelessness back in the counties and local communities who are best able to determine distribution of the needed funds to combat homelessness in their own counties.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S1062/A.9457 - Referred to Social Services 2009-10: S.2162/A.1463 - Referred to Finance/Passed Assembly 2007-08: S.2852/A.8347 2006-07: S.6650
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1635 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation by each social services district of a homeless housing task force THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 50-a to read as follows: S 50-A. HOMELESS HOUSING TASK FORCE. 1. EACH SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT IN THE STATE SHALL CREATE A HOMELESS HOUSING TASK FORCE TO DEVELOP A TEN-YEAR HOMELESS HOUSING PLAN ADDRESSING SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM HOUS- ING FOR HOMELESS PERSONS. SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE GUIDELINES FOR EMER- GENCY SHELTERS; SHORT-TERM HOUSING; TEMPORARY ENCAMPMENTS; SUPPORTIVE HOUSING FOR CHRONICALLY HOMELESS PERSONS; LONG-TERM HOUSING; STANDARDS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY; AND PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING LOCATION OF FACILI- TIES. 2. MEMBERSHIP ON THE TASK FORCE SHALL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COUNTIES, CITIES, TOWNS, HOUSING AUTHORITIES, CIVIL AND FAITH ORGANIZA- TIONS, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY NETWORKS, HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL, SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROVIDERS, MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, BUSINESSES, AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMUNITY, AND A HOMELESS OR FORMERLY HOMELESS INDIVIDUAL. 3. ANY PLAN AND GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY A SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT HOMELESS HOUSING TASK FORCE SHALL BE CONSISTENT WITH REGULATIONS APPLI- CABLE TO PROJECTS PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO TITLE ONE OF THIS ARTICLE. 4. EACH DISTRICT HOMELESS HOUSING TASK FORCE SHALL MAKE RECOMMENDA- TIONS BASED ON THE PLAN AND GUIDELINES REGARDING THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS RECEIVED FROM ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SOURCE.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01758-01-3 S. 1635 2
S 2. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subdivision 2 of section 50 of the social services law as amended by chapter 204 of the laws of 1998, are amended and a new paragraph (e) is added to read as follows: (c) a description of the manner in which coordination with other federal, state, local and privately funded services will be achieved;
[and](d) a description of how the services will be designed to assist households transition from a reliance on outside interventions and move toward housing stability and economic self reliance [.]; AND (E) A COPY OF THE TEN-YEAR PLAN AND GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY A SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT HOMELESS TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION FIFTY-A OF THIS TITLE. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law; provided however, that effective immediate- ly, the commissioner of temporary and disability assistance is author- ized and directed to add, amend and/or repeal any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date.