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File #: Int 0289-2014    Version: Name: Provision of housing applications in multiple languages by the department of housing preservation and development.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Housing and Buildings
On agenda: 4/29/2014
Enactment date: 3/18/2017 Law number: 2017/027
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the provision of housing applications in multiple languages by the department of housing preservation and development
Sponsors: Laurie A. Cumbo, Jumaane D. Williams, Chaim M. Deutsch, Margaret S. Chin, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Mathieu Eugene, Vanessa L. Gibson, Peter A. Koo, Mark Levine, Antonio Reynoso, Deborah L. Rose, Mark Treyger, Carlos Menchaca, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Brad S. Lander, Stephen T. Levin, Paul A. Vallone, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 20
Summary: Title 8 of the New York City Administrative Code requires certain agencies to provide materials in languages other than English, but the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is not currently subject to this requirement. This bill would require HPD to make all applications and corresponding instruction materials available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish and allow HPD to use additional languages at its discretion. It would also require HPD to provide a notice, listing all the languages in which applications are available, with all application forms, on HPD’s website and in areas of HPD offices that are open to the public.
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 289-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 289, 4. Int. No. 289 - 4/29/14, 5. Committee Report 10/29/14, 6. Hearing Testimony 10/29/14, 7. Hearing Transcript 10/29/14, 8. Committee Report 2/14/17, 9. Hearing Transcript 2/14/17, 10. February 15, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 11. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 2-15-17, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - February 15, 2017, 14. Fiscal Impact Statement, 15. Int. No. 289-A (FINAL), 16. Mayor's Letter, 17. Local Law 27
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
3/18/2017ALaurie A. Cumbo Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/15/2017ALaurie A. Cumbo City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/15/2017ALaurie A. Cumbo City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/2017*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/2017*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Housing and Buildings Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/2017*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Housing and Buildings Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/2017ALaurie A. Cumbo Committee on Housing and Buildings Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2014*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Housing and Buildings Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/29/2014*Laurie A. Cumbo Committee on Housing and Buildings Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/2014*Laurie A. Cumbo City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/29/2014*Laurie A. Cumbo City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 289-A

By Council Members Cumbo, Williams, Deutsch, Chin, Cornegy, Eugene, Gibson, Koo, Levine, Reynoso, Rose, Treyger, Menchaca, Rosenthal, Rodriguez, Lander, Levin, Vallone, Salamanca and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the provision of housing applications in multiple languages by the department of housing preservation and development

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1.  Article 1 of subchapter 4 of chapter 2 of title 27 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 27-2096.1 to read as follows:

§ 27.2096.1 Application forms; languages required. a. As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

Application form. The term "application form" means any application form or corresponding instruction materials that the department uses to select persons to whom it will provide services.

Mandatory language. The term "mandatory language" means English and any covered language, as defined by subdivision j of section 8-1002.

Optional language. The term "optional language" means any language other than a mandatory language.

b. The department shall make all application forms available in all mandatory languages.

c. The department may make application forms available in any optional language.

d. The department shall provide a notice with all application forms that such application forms are available in all mandatory languages and any optional language used pursuant to subdivision c of this section. Such notice shall be written in all mandatory languages and any optional language in which application forms are provided pursuant to this section.

e. The department shall prominently display, on its website and in portions of its offices that are open to the public, notices that application forms are available in all mandatory languages and any optional language in which application forms are provided pursuant to this section.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the commissioner of housing and preservation development may take any actions necessary, including the promulgation of rules, before such effective date.

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LS# 0999-2014

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