Bill S5517-2015

Increases the value of rent subsidies included as a part of preventive services

Increases the value of rent subsidies included as a part of preventive services from an amount not to exceed three hundred dollars per month to an amount not to exceed six hundred dollars per month.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 2, 2015: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • May 14, 2015: REFERRED TO SOCIAL SERVICES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Social Services - Jun 2, 2015
Ayes (4): Carlucci, Amedore, Montgomery, Squadron
Ayes W/R (3): Farley, LaValle, Martins

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5517

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the social services law, in relation to increasing the value of rent subsidies to be included as a part of preventive services

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this legislation is to amend Section 409-a of the Social Services law to allow for an increase in rent subsidies for families with a lack of adequate housing that may cause entry of children into foster care, or prevent reunification.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends paragraph (c) of subdivision 5 of section 409-a of the social services law, as amended by chapter 339 of the laws of 1993.

Section 2 amends subdivision 7 of section 409-a of the social services law, as added by chapter 83 of the laws of 1995.

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Foster care has the potential to adversely impact children and families in already difficult situations by increasing stress and straining familial relations. Adequate housing is a central factor in the consideration of whether to remove a child from their family and when to discharge them back to independent living. This rental subsidy is successful at preventing the placement of children into foster care and speeding their discharge, but hasn't been updated in almost 30 years. By increasing the subsidy cap, this initiative will enable more families to obtain adequate housing, avoid foster care, and has the potential to reduce long term fiscal costs for the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5517 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 14, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- 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 increasing the value of rent subsidies to be included as a part of preventive services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 5 of section 409-a of the social services law, as amended by chapter 339 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, where a social services official determines that a lack of adequate housing is the primary factor preventing the discharge of a child or children from foster care including, but not limited to, children with the goal of discharge to independent living, preventive services shall include, in addition to any other payments or benefits received by the family, special cash grants in the form of rent subsidies, including rent arrears, or any other assistance, sufficient to obtain adequate housing. Such rent subsidies or assistance shall not exceed the sum of [three] SIX hundred dollars per month, shall not be provided for a period of more than three years, and shall be considered a special grant. The provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to limit such offi- cial's authority to provide other preventive services. S 2. Subdivision 7 of section 409-a of the social services law, as added by chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, is amended to read as follows: 7. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, if a social services official determines that a lack of adequate housing is a factor that may cause the entry of a child or children into foster care and the family has at least one service need other than lack of adequate hous- ing, preventive services may include, in addition to any other payments or benefits received by the family, special cash grants in the form of
rent subsidies, including rent arrears, or any other assistance, suffi- cient to obtain adequate housing. Such rent subsidies or assistance shall not exceed the sum of [three] SIX hundred dollars per month, shall not be provided for a period of more than three years, and shall be considered a special grant. The provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to limit such official's authority to provide other preven- tive services. S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.

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