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File #: Res 0261-2014    Version: Name: Veterans' eligibility for public housing. (S.1702)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Veterans
On agenda: 5/29/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.1702, an Act to amend the public housing law, in relation to veterans' eligibility for public housing.
Sponsors: Eric A. Ulrich, Margaret S. Chin, Costa G. Constantinides, Mathieu Eugene, Peter A. Koo, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Karen Koslowitz, Helen K. Rosenthal, Paul A. Vallone, Andrew Cohen
Council Member Sponsors: 10
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 261 - 5/29/14, 2. Committee Report 12/15/14, 3. Hearing Testimony 12/15/14, 4. Hearing Transcript 12/15/14
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017AEric A. Ulrich City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/15/2014*Eric A. Ulrich Committee on Veterans Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/15/2014*Eric A. Ulrich Committee on Veterans Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/15/2014*Eric A. Ulrich Committee on Veterans Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/29/2014*Eric A. Ulrich City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/29/2014*Eric A. Ulrich City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Proposed Res. No. 261-A

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.1702, an Act to amend the public housing law, in relation to veterans' eligibility for public housing.

 

By Council Members Ulrich, Chin, Constantinides, Eugene, Koo, Rodriguez, Koslowitz, Rosenthal, Vallone and Cohen

 

Whereas, According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), New York City is home to roughly 200,000 veterans; and

       Whereas, As the United States (U.S.) decreases its involvement in overseas conflicts and reduces the size of the military, greater numbers of service members will transition back to civilian life; and

      Whereas, According to Crain’s New York Business, 44,000 service members are expected to return home from active duty to the New York City metropolitan area in the subsequent months and years; and

        Whereas, One of the biggest challenges facing veterans and returning service members is locating safe and affordable housing for themselves and their families; and

      Whereas, However, New York City has one of the lowest residential vacancy rates in the nation and a widespread affordable housing shortage; and

      Whereas, The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is a public housing agency that provides affordable housing options for low and moderate income residents throughout the five boroughs of New York City; and

         Whereas, NYCHA has a significant backlog of applicants seeking affordable housing accommodations; and 

        Whereas, Current New York State law grants priority admission preferences to public housing for those veterans who were honorably discharged and served in the military between February 2, 1961 and May 1, 1975; and

             Whereas, Conversely, there are currently no public housing preferences afforded to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, or to service-connected disabled veterans and their families under any existing public housing laws; and

          Whereas, In 2013, Senator Anthony Avella introduced S.1702, an Act to amend the public housing law, in relation to veterans' eligibility for public housing; and

      Whereas, This Act would expand public housing opportunities and grant priority access to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts provided some portion of the service period was between September 14, 2001 to December 31, 2014; and

       Whereas, This legislation would also allow a preference to veterans or families of veterans who have a military service-connected disability as designated by the VA; and

       Whereas, New York State has a commitment to honor the service of all veterans regardless of era or conflict, and to honor those veterans who sustained injuries in battle defending their country; and

       Whereas, To ease the transition into civilian life, it is more crucial than ever that affordable housing assistance be provided to all veterans and their families; now, therefore, be it

       Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign S.1702, an Act to amend the public housing law, in relation to veterans' eligibility for public housing.

 

 

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