Relates to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons 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 persons who are veterans in the state of New York
To address the alarming trend of homeless persons are veterans and parents.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section I amends section 353 of the executive law by adding new subdivision 6-a concerning the performance of a study conducted by the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs, the Office of Temporary and Disability Service, Department of Labor and the Office of Children and Family Services to determine the number of homeless persons in New York State who are veterans. It will also determine the number of offspring of the veterans and current placement, and whether such veterans suffered military sexual trauma. Once the study is completed a written report will be delivered to the governor and the legislature.
Section II sets forth the effective date.
A report released in 2013 by The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 57,849 veterans are homeless on any given night. This number is likely to increase given the amount of veterans who are struggling with excessive economic burdens. Veterans, especially those with disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, are more likely to become homeless. Often a higher percentage of veterans returning from the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate these characteristics.
In 2009, homeless veterans were mostly male while 4 percent were female. Today, the United States Government Accountability Office reports that women veterans identified as homeless by the VA increased more than 140 percent, 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. Homeless female veterans who are single mothers have a tough time finding adequate shelter, daycare services, and finding gainful employment. About 3,000 of these veterans could not access shelter and one-third had some sort of disability. These statistics are alarming and become even more distressing when you take into account that many of these women have children. The study and analysis would gather information on the number of homeless veterans in New York and how many of them have children.
Further, the study would include cases of military sexual trauma (MST) experienced by homeless veterans while on active duty or during military training, including a breakdown of the collected data based upon the gender of the victim. Data from the VA reveals that when
veterans are screened for health care and asked if he or she has experienced MST, approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men respond saying that they have. The amount of veterans who have experienced MST is unknown given that this screening program reveals data relevant to veterans who have sought out health care provided by the VA. The outcome from this study would produce recommendations and solutions to combat the growing problems among the men and women who have served our country.
2013: S908 (Parker) - Veterans Affairs 2013: A7259 (Bozic) - Veterans Affairs
FISCAL IMPACT ON STATE:
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after the bill shall become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 908--C 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. PARKER, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, ESPAILLAT, LATIMER, SAMP- SON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be commit- ted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs -- recommitted to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to the performance of a study regarding homeless persons 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 ASSISTANCE, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, AND OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PERSONS IN NEW YORK STATE THAT ARE VETERANS. SUCH STUDY SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO: (A) AN ANALYSIS OF VETERANS IN NEW YORK STATE WHO ARE CURRENTLY HOMELESS, OR HAVE BEEN HOMELESS WITHIN FIVE YEARS OF BEING RELEASED FROM ACTIVE DUTY INCLUDING AN ANALYSIS OF GENDER AS IT RELATES TO HOMELESSNESS OF VETERANS; (B) DATA ON THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN OF HOME- LESS VETERANS, INCLUDING THE CURRENT PLACEMENT OF SUCH CHILDREN; (C) CASES OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA EXPERIENCED BY HOMELESS VETERANS WHILE ON ACTIVE DUTY OR DURING MILITARY TRAINING, INCLUDING A BREAKDOWN OF THE COLLECTED DATA BASED UPON THE GENDER OF THE VICTIM; AND (D) THE UNEM- PLOYMENT RATE FOR NEW YORK STATE VETERANS. THE TERM "CHILDREN OF HOME-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02829-07-4 S. 908--C 2
LESS 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 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.