Authorizes guidelines for granting contracts to disabled veterans eligible under the access to home for heroes program.
Ayes (58): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (3): Golden, Hassell-Thomps, Smith
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the private housing finance law, in relation to disabled veteran access to home for heroes contracts
PURPOSE: The purpose of bill is to help ensure that disabled veterans are able to make improvements to their homes to improve their accessibility.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 creates a new Article XXVIII in the Private Housing Finance law, The New York Access to Home for Heroes Program. This bill directs the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation to enter into contracts for grants with applicants for the actual costs of an access to Home for Heroes program. Eligible applicants shall include cities, towns, villages and not for profit corporations which have substantial experience in retrofitting homes for the disabled. In order to be eligible for a grant, each applicant would submit a plan which would include data on program feasibility impact on the community, a budget for fund expenditure, a schedule for program completion, and for affirmative action and minority business participation. Eligible properties would include a housing unit that is the primary residence of a disabled veteran with a physical disability that has an income below 120% of the average median income. Improvements will not be considered eligible if they are already required under federal state or local law.
Section 2 provides an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Many disabled veterans in New York face a significant impediment to accessible and affordable housing due to a disability which may have resulted from service related injuries and or age or health related disabilities. Disabled veterans who have served our country should be given assistance when they attempt to return to their homes or to find alternate suitable housing in New York. This bill would provide a means by which formerly inaccessible housing can be accommodated to address the needs of the veteran community so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the most integrated setting of their choice.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to appropriation.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7699 IN SENATE May 30, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, BALL, NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development AN ACT to amend the private housing finance law, in relation to disabled veteran access to home for heroes contracts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The private housing finance law is amended by adding a new article 28 to read as follows: ARTICLE XXVIII NEW YORK ACCESS TO HOME FOR HEROES PROGRAM SECTION 1240. STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. 1241. DEFINITIONS. 1242. ACCESS TO HOME FOR HEROES CONTRACTS. S 1240. STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY FINDS AND DECLARES THAT MANY DISABLED VETERANS IN NEW YORK STATE FACE A SIGNIFICANT IMPEDIMENT TO ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS A RESULT OF SERVICE RELATED INJURIES, AGE OR HEALTH RELATED DISABILITIES. THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND STATE WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION AND DESERVE TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM INDEPENDENCE, SOCIAL INTER- ACTION AND COMMUNITY INTEGRATION. PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH THE COST OF ADAPTING THE DWELLING UNITS OF OUR DISABLED VETERANS, IS FUNDAMENTAL TO PROVIDING FOR THE PROMISE OF LIVING SAFELY, COMFORTABLY AND PRODUCTIVELY IN THE MOST INTEGRATED SETTING OF THEIR CHOICE. S 1241. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE: 1. "CORPORATION" SHALL MEAN THE HOUSING TRUST FUND CORPORATION ESTAB- LISHED IN SECTION FORTY-FIVE-A OF THIS CHAPTER. 2. "ELIGIBLE APPLICANT" SHALL MEAN A CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION IN EXISTENCE FOR A PERIOD OF ONE OR MORE YEARS PRIOR TO APPLICATION, WHICH IS, OR WILL BE AT THE TIME OF AWARD, INCORPORATED UNDER THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION LAW AND HAS SUBSTAN- TIAL EXPERIENCE IN ADAPTING OR RETROFITTING HOMES FOR PERSONS WITH DISA- BILITIES.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15406-01-4 S. 7699 2
3. "VETERAN" SHALL MEAN A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE, WHO HAS SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS, COAST GUARD, AND/OR THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, NEW YORK GUARD AND/OR THE NEW YORK NAVAL MILITIA, WHO HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM SUCH SERVICE BY HONORABLE DISCHARGE OR GENERAL DISCHARGE. 4. "DISABLED VETERAN" SHALL MEAN A VETERAN WHO IS CERTIFIED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE DISABILITY PAYMENTS UPON THE CERTIF- ICATION OF SUCH DEPARTMENT FOR A DISABILITY INCURRED BY HIM OR HER IN TIME OF WAR. 5. "ACCESS TO HOME FOR HEROES PROGRAMS" OR "PROGRAMS" SHALL MEAN A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES BY AN ELIGIBLE APPLICANT TO ADMINISTER FUNDS TO PROVIDE GRANTS TO HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS AND TO OVERSEE THE ADAPTATION OR RETROFITTING OF ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES. 6. "ELIGIBLE PROPERTY" SHALL MEAN A HOUSING UNIT THAT IS THE PRIMARY RESIDENCE OF A DISABLED VETERAN OR VETERAN WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY AND A TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME THAT DOES NOT EXCEED ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY PERCENT OF AREA MEDIAN INCOME. A PROPERTY SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED AN ELIGIBLE PROPERTY IF THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY IS OTHERWISE OBLIGATED BY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAW TO PROVIDE THE IMPROVEMENTS FUNDED UNDER THIS ARTICLE. S 1242. ACCESS TO HOME FOR HEROES CONTRACTS. 1. WITHIN THE LIMIT OF FUNDS AVAILABLE IN THE ACCESS TO HOME FOR HEROES PROGRAM, THE CORPO- RATION IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH ELIGIBLE APPLI- CANTS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE ACTUAL COSTS OF AN ACCESS TO HOME FOR HEROES PROGRAM. THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHALL BE IN THE FORM OF GRANTS. NO MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE IN ANY FISCAL YEAR SHALL BE ALLOCATED TO ACCESS TO HOME PROGRAMS LOCATED WITHIN ANY SINGLE MUNICIPALITY. THE CORPORATION SHALL MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO PROVIDE GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION IN THE AWARDING OF PROGRAM FUNDS TO AFFORD MAXIMUM STATEWIDE IMPACT FOR DISA- BLED VETERANS. 2. THE TOTAL PAYMENT PURSUANT TO ANY ONE CONTRACT SHALL NOT EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THE CONTRACT SHALL PROVIDE FOR COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD, AS SPECIFIED THER- EIN, WHICH SHALL NOT IN ANY EVENT EXCEED THREE YEARS FROM ITS COMMENCE- MENT. UPON REQUEST, THE CORPORATION MAY EXTEND THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT FOR UP TO TWO ADDITIONAL ONE YEAR PERIODS FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN BY THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT. 3. THE CORPORATION MAY AUTHORIZE THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT TO SPEND UP TO SEVEN AND ONE-HALF PERCENT OF THE CONTRACT AMOUNT FOR APPROVED ADMINIS- TRATIVE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ADMINISTERING THE PROGRAM. 4. THE CORPORATION SHALL REQUIRE THAT, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT SHALL SUBMIT A PLAN WHICH SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, PROGRAM FEASIBILITY, IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY, BUDGET FOR EXPENDITURE OF PROGRAM FUNDS, A SCHEDULE FOR COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND MINORITY BUSINESS PARTICIPATION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.