Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless women who are veterans in the state of New York.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a study regarding homeless women who are veterans in the state of New York
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Require the Division of Veterans' Affairs to conduct a study, in consultation with the office of temporary and disability services, department of labor, and office of children and family services to determine the number of homeless women in New York State that are veterans.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Would increase the maximum fine for a repeat offense of illegally parking in spots reserved for use by the disabled from the current $100 to $200.
JUSTIFICATION: According to the United States Government Accountability Office, women veterans identified as homeless by the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased more than 140%, from 1,350 in fiscal year 2006 to 3,328 in fiscal year 2010.Women veterans are also 4 times more likely than their male counterparts to end up homeless. About 3,400 of these veterans could not access shelter and 1/3 had some sort of disability. These statistics are alarming and become even more distressing when taking into account that many of these women have children and families. Homeless women veterans who are single mothers have a tough time finding adequate shelter, daycare services, and finding gainful employment.
The study and analysis would gather information on the number of homeless women in New York and how many of them have children. The outcome of this study would produce recommendations and solutions to combat this growing problem among women who have served our country.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A7259: Rozic/S908 Parker: Referred to Veterans' Affairs Committee/Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be Determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7420 IN SENATE May 14, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a study regarding homeless women who are veterans in the state of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 353 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 6-a to read as follows: 6-A. TO CONDUCT A STUDY, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS WOMEN IN NEW YORK STATE THAT ARE VETERANS. SUCH STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) AN ANALYSIS OF FEMALE VETERANS IN NEW YORK STATE WHO ARE CURRENTLY HOMELESS, OR HAVE BEEN HOMELESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS OF BEING RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY; (B) DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN OF HOME- LESS WOMEN VETERANS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT PLACEMENT OF SUCH CHILDREN; (C) CASES OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY HOMELESS WOMEN VETER- ANS WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY OR DURING MILITARY TRAINING; AND (D) THE UNEM- PLOYMENT RATE FOR NEW YORK STATE FEMALE VETERANS. THE TERM "CHILDREN OF HOMELESS VETERANS" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS UNMARRIED AND WHO IS UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, AND IS THE BIOLOGICAL OR LEGALLY ADOPTED CHILD OF A FEMALE VETERAN. A WRITTEN REPORT OF SUCH STUDY SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE BY JUNE THIRTIETH, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN AND SUCH INFORMATION REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE UPDATED EVERY TWO YEARS. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND POSTED ON THE DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WEBSITE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02829-09-4