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File #: Res 0024-2004    Version: * Name: Repeal requrirements under US Housing Act of 1937 (HR1431)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 2/4/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Congress of the United States to enact H.R. 1431 to repeal the requirements under the United States Housing Act of 1937 for residents of public housing to engage in community service and to complete economic self-sufficiency programs as a condition of continued residency in public housing.
Sponsors: Helen D. Foster, Charles Barron, Gale A. Brewer, Alan J. Gerson, Robert Jackson, Margarita Lopez, Christine C. Quinn, Joel Rivera, James Sanders, Jr., Tracy L. Boyland, Letitia James, Eva S. Moskowitz, Diana Reyna
Council Member Sponsors: 13

Res. No. 24

 

Resolution calling upon the Congress of the United States to enact H.R. 1431 to repeal the requirements under the United States Housing Act of 1937 for residents of public housing to engage in community service and to complete economic self-sufficiency programs as a condition of continued residency in public housing.

 

 

By Council Members Foster, Barron, Brewer, Gerson, Jackson, Lopez, Quinn, Rivera, Sanders, Boyland, James, Moskowitz and Reyna

 

                     Whereas, Congressman Charles Rangel has introduced H.R. 1431 to repeal the requirements under the United States Housing Act of 1937 for residents of public housing to engage in community service and to complete economic self-sufficiency programs as a condition of continued residency in public housing; and

                     Whereas, the New York City Housing Authority may implement the community service requirement that adult public housing residents must “volunteer” eight hours a month in community service or face eviction, and if one person in the family does not perform the community service, then the whole family could be evicted; and

                     Whereas, NYCHA estimates that about 70,000 to 80,000 residents, more than 10% of public housing residents, may be subject to the community service requirement, excluding exemptions for the elderly, disabled, full-time workers/students, those in work-related programs; and

                     Whereas, The community service requirement is unfair in that it singles out only public housing residents and not residents of other types of Federally assisted housing, such as Section 8 and Section 236 subsidized residents, and as well, no other state or city housing program has this requirement; and

                     Whereas, The Resident Advisory Board for the New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Resident Alliance have condemned the community service requirement as forced labor; now, therefore be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Congress of the United States to enact H.R. 1431 to repeal the requirements under the United States Housing Act of 1937 for residents of public housing to engage in community service and to complete economic self-sufficiency programs as a condition of continued residency in public housing.