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File #: Int 0146-2018    Version: * Name: Rental assistance vouchers.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on General Welfare
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to rental assistance vouchers
Sponsors: Stephen T. Levin, Justin L. Brannan, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Alan N. Maisel, Carlina Rivera , Adrienne E. Adams, Donovan J. Richards, Ben Kallos, Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Carlos Menchaca, Helen K. Rosenthal, Bill Perkins, Antonio Reynoso, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Deborah L. Rose, Diana Ayala , Keith Powers , James G. Van Bramer, Mark Levine, Margaret S. Chin, Brad S. Lander, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Karen Koslowitz, Daniel Dromm , Andrew Cohen, Francisco P. Moya, Ritchie J. Torres, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Mark Treyger, Rory I. Lancman, Barry S. Grodenchik, Costa G. Constantinides, Ruben Diaz, Sr., Farah N. Louis, Peter A. Koo, Vanessa L. Gibson, Mathieu Eugene, Chaim M. Deutsch, Inez D. Barron, Laurie A. Cumbo
Council Member Sponsors: 40
Summary: The bill would require that any individuals or families receiving rental assistance vouchers established by the Department of Social Services, such as the current LINC, CityFEPS and SEPS vouchers, would continue to receive the assistance so long as the household continues to meet any other eligibility requirements. The bill would also require that the maximum rent toward which rental assistance vouchers may be applied annually increases at the same rate as the fair market rents set by the United States Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The requirements set by the bill would be subject to appropriation.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 146, 2. Int. No. 146, 3. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 1/31/18, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - January 31, 2018

Int. No. 146


By Council Members Levin, Brannan, Salamanca, Maisel, Rivera, Adams, Richards, Kallos, Ampry-Samuel, Menchaca, Rosenthal, Perkins, Reynoso, the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams), Rose, Ayala, Powers, Van Bramer, Levine, Chin, Lander, Cornegy, Koslowitz, Dromm, Cohen, Moya, Torres, Rodriguez, Treyger, Lancman, Grodenchik, Constantinides, Diaz, Louis, Koo, Gibson, Eugene, Deutsch, Barron and Cumbo


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to rental assistance vouchers


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 21 of the administrative code of the City of New York is amended by adding a new section 21-142 to read as follows:

§ 21-142 Use of rental assistance vouchers. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Fair market rent. The term “fair market rent” means the rent levels for the New York  metro area established by the United States department of housing and urban development.

Household. The term “household” means the individuals or families who are in receipt of any rental assistance vouchers.

Maximum rental allowances.  The term “maximum rental allowances” means the maximum rent toward which rental assistance vouchers may be applied.

Rental assistance voucher. The term “rental assistance voucher” means any fully city-funded housing rental subsidy for homeless families and individuals.

b. Eligibility. There shall be no limit on the period of time during which an otherwise eligible household may receive a rental assistance voucher.

c. Maximum rental allowances. Maximum rental allowances shall be indexed to the fair market rent.

d. The requirements of this section shall be subject to appropriation.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of social services may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.


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