Bill S3979A-2013

Relates to the payment of shelter allowances by the department of social services in the county of Niagara

Permits the county of Niagara to direct the commissioner of social services to make certain shelter allowance payments directly to the owner of a housing accommodation.

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Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Jun 21, 2013: COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Mar 21, 2013: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Mar 20, 2013: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Mar 19, 2013: 1ST REPORT CAL.239
  • Mar 11, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 3979A
  • Mar 11, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • Mar 4, 2013: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Local Government - Mar 19, 2013
Ayes (9): Martins, Ball, Boyle, Marchione, Ritchie, Valesky, Gipson, Latimer, O'Brien

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S3979A                   REVISED 04/10/13

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the county law, in relation to the payment of shelter allowances by the department of social services in the county of Niagara

PURPOSE:

To authorize the department of social services in the county of Niagara to make shelter allowance payments for a recipient of public assistance directly to the owner of the housing accommodation or his or her designated agent.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill adds a new section 853 to the county law relating to shelter allowances in Niagara County. The new section authorizes the Niagara County Legislature to enact a local law to allow the Niagara County department of social services to make shelter allowance payments for a recipient of public assistance directly to the owner of the housing accommodation or his or her designated agent.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Recently, the Niagara County Legislature identified the misuse of shelter allowance payments to recipients of public assistance as a growing problem. Specifically, shelter allowance payments axe simply not being used for their intended purpose - to pay for rent. This can lead to instability within the family unit, potentially costly eviction proceedings, and decline within neighborhoods.

To address this situation, the Niagara County Legislature passed a resolution encouraging the state to provide the county social services department with the ability to pay shelter allowances directly to landlords. This legislation does just that. By providing the County Legislature with the authority to enact local laws to allow direct payments to landlords, this legislation will curb the abuse in the current system and help ensure stable housing for families and children. In addition, this legislation will help reduce the number of evictions and property abandonments, and allow the local department of social services to operate more efficiently.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New legislation.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3979--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 4, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the county law, in relation to the payment of shelter allowances by the department of social services in the county of Niagara THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The county law is amended by adding a new section 853 to read as follows: S 853. SHELTER ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS FOR RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE LEGISLATIVE BODY IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA MAY ENACT A LOCAL LAW OR ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE AND DIRECT THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NIAGARA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO MAKE SHELTER ALLOWANCE PAYMENTS FOR A RECIPIENT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE DIRECTLY TO THE OWNER OF THE HOUSING ACCOMMODATION OR HIS OR HER DESIGNATED AGENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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