Bill S4394-2013

Provides housing subsidies for victims of domestic violence

Authorizes the payment of housing subsidies in the amount of seventy percent of the rental cost of the dwelling unit or the median housing rental cost for the county, whichever is lower, to certain victims of domestic violence.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

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BILL NUMBER:S4394

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to housing subsidies for victims of domestic violence

PURPOSE:

This act intends to provide housing subsidies to victims of domestic violence. It is stated that some victims of domestic violence stay in an abusive situation because there is no possibility of finding housing. This would enable victims to leave an abusive situation because subsidies would be available to them.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Victims of domestic violence shall be eligible for a subsidy in the amount of seventy percent of the rental cost of the dwelling unit or the median housing rental cost for the county, whichever is lower. Such housing subsidy shall be used for rental payments for' such dwelling unit and shall not be made available for more than one year.

Victims of domestic violence shall have a household income of less than twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) and accessible cash resources of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000).

The commissioner of the office of children and family services shall issue regulations governing domestic violence housing subsidies.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A9269 - 2011-2012 A6106 - 2009-2010 A5145 - 2007-2008 A4508 - 2005-2006 A3070 - 2003-2004 A3309 - 2001-2002 A835B - 1999-2000 A3987A- 1993 A5068 - 1996 A10504 -1994

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the 90th day after it shall have become law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4394 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 26, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- 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 housing subsi- dies for victims of domestic violence 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 131-bb to read as follows: S 131-BB. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING SUBSIDIES. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY INCONSISTENT PROVISION OF LAW, EVERY SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT SHALL OFFER AND PROVIDE HOUSING SUBSIDIES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 2. VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SUBSIDY IN THE AMOUNT OF SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE RENTAL COST OF THE DWELLING UNIT OR THE MEDIAN HOUSING RENTAL COST FOR THE COUNTY, WHICHEVER IS LOWER. SUCH HOUSING SUBSIDY SHALL BE USED FOR RENTAL PAYMENTS FOR SUCH DWELLING UNIT AND SHALL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR MORE THAN ONE YEAR. THE PREVAILING COST OF RENT FOR AN AREA SHALL NOT EXCEED EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE COST FOR THE REGION. 3. A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HOUS- ING SUBSIDY AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION IN THE EVENT THAT SUCH PERSON: (A) IS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE SIX-A OF THIS CHAPTER; (B) IS NOT OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FOR SHELTER UNDER THIS ARTICLE OR IN THE EVENT THAT SUCH SHELTER IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR SUCH PERSON; (C) HAS A HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF LESS THAN TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND ACCESSIBLE CASH RESOURCES OF LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS; AND (D) HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM BY THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT. 4. VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHALL BE CERTIFIED BY THE LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT UPON A FINDING OF:
(A) A CRIMINAL CONVICTION OF THE ASSAILANT OF A SERIOUS CRIMINAL CHARGE; (B) THE ISSUANCE OF A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT ORDER OF PROTECTION INVOLVING SERIOUS BODILY HARM TO THE VICTIM; (C) A POLICE REPORT DOCUMENTING SERIOUS ACCOUNTS OF PHYSICAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; (D) A SUBSTANTIATED DETERMINATION BY A BATTERED WOMEN'S SHELTER COUN- SELOR THAT A PARTICULAR SHELTER RESIDENT IS IN SERIOUS PHYSICAL DANGER; (E) A SUBSTANTIATED DETERMINATION BY A RAPE CRISIS CENTER COUNSELOR THAT A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS IN SERIOUS PHYSICAL DANGER; (F) A SUBSTANTIATED DETERMINATION BY A CERTIFIED BATTERER'S TREATMENT PROGRAM COUNSELOR THAT A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS IN SERIOUS PHYS- ICAL DANGER; OR (G) THE REASONABLE FEAR OF A BATTERED PERSON THAT SUCH PERSON WILL ENCOUNTER FURTHER SERIOUS PHYSICAL RETALIATION. 5. THE CONTINUED NEED FOR SUCH SHELTER SHALL BE REVIEWED MONTHLY, EVALUATED AND AUTHORIZED MONTHLY BY A SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIAL. SUCH HOUSING SUBSIDY SHALL BE AVAILABLE IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER ALLOWANCE OTHER- WISE AVAILABLE FOR SHELTER. 6. THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES SHALL ISSUE REGULATIONS GOVERNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOUSING SUBSIDIES. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.

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