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.
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
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.
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.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09464-02-3